The results published in the journal Materials Horizons under the title “Creating glasswing butterfly-inspired durable antifogging superomniphobic supertransmissive, superclear nanostructured glass through Bayesian learning and optimization” is a glass that is 99.5% transparent, when random nanostructures (smaller than the wavelengths of visible light) are designed on both sides.
This high transparency can reduce the brightness and power demands on displays that could, for example, extend battery life. The glass is also antireflective across higher angles, improving viewing from different directions, with a low haze less than 0.1%. The glass is so liquid-repellent that it even resists condensation droplets smaller than 2μm, they roll off the surface, making it naturally antifogging.
What’s more, the surface can restore its liquid-repellency after physical damage through heating for 15 minutes. The researchers are now busy developing a commercially viable process to manufacture the new glass.
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