The new glass is strong and highly transparent, even more so than ordinary glass, and is transparent deep into the infrared range. Photo: Tel Aviv University.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have successfully manufactured a new type of glass that, while maintaining its transparency, can come together instantly with the touch of water at room temperature. The research was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Nature.

Key takeaways:

  • The research focuses on bio-convergence, using biological properties to create innovative materials, specifically sequences of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
  • Unlike traditional glass, which requires high temperatures and rapid cooling, the new glass forms spontaneously at room temperature by simply dissolving a powder in water.
  • The new glass is strong and highly transparent, even more so than ordinary glass, and is transparent deep into the infrared range, making it useful for satellites, remote sensing, communications and optics.

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