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A friend of mine forwarded me a link to the article on PhysOrg.com about a Spray on Glass Liquid that is transparent, non-toxic, odorless, flexible, breathable and can bond with almost any surface. Liquid glass was invented in Turkey and the patent is held by Nanopool which is a German company.
This liquid glass is only about 100 nanometers thick which is about 15-30 molecules and is made of pure silica, no additives it truly is glass that is such a thin coating that it is completely flexible and breathable. Studies have shown that countertops sprayed with this glass coating can be cleaned with just hot water, without the need for harsh chemicals to kill bacteria. In addition you can coat a house roof, cars and other objects with the spray on glass that would create a water proof, UV protected, scratch and stain proof coating that was so thin it would be invisible to the naked eye.
The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on plants and seeds. Trials in vineyards have found spraying vines increases their resistance to fungal diseases, while other tests have shown sprayed seeds germinate and grow faster than untreated seeds, and coated wood is not attacked by termites.
Think of the possibilities
- Coating for cars so that you will never get scratches in your paint again, nor ever get rust.
- UV protection for your roof which would insulate and keep your roof lasting so much longer, rain would slide off your roof so much easier with a liquid glass coating
- Clothing sprayed with liquid glass would be stain proof and water proof, the material would never get wet and no stain could ever penetrate the cloth.
- Cutting Boards and other kitchen counter area’s would be easier to keep sanitary and clean, this would be especially useful in commercial kitchens
I think this may be one of the most revolutionary products that is about to make it to market in the next few years and you will start seeing liquid glass applicators for just about every object you can think of. This is something to watch folks, this is going to be big.
On another note:
Nanotechnology and research into nano-particles is not very efficient, if this product were used on cutting boards we know that silica itself is nontoxic, but at this nano scale inhaling and ingesting nano particles could cause them to lodge into cell membranes in the body and nobody really knows what the side effects could be if nano particles were to contaminate the human body and start collecting in or around cell structures. This is true even of those micro scrubbing pads and makeup with nano particles of diamond dust or other materials. I myself wonder if twenty years from now there is going to be a huge “recall” of nano products because of the damage caused over the years of inhaling nano chemicals and components as a result. I would hope much more research gets done to make sure the liquid glass nano-particles are safe if ingested and inhaled because if it is going to be used to sanitize countertops and food stations, then little microscopic bits are going to break off and get lodged in food and water and will make its way into the human GI tract at some point.