Now here is a product that should soon find its way into the NANO Supermarket soon. At least, if supermarkets are willing to put it on their shelves, as they currently make huge profits from cleaning products and spray-on liquid glass would make virtually all of them obsolete.
According to its creators "Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and used to protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products."
The special coating technically known as "SiO2 ultra-thin layering" has was invented in Turkey and has been further researched and developed at the Saarbrücken Institute for New Materials (the patent is owned by Nanopool). The material is created through the purification of silicon dioxide (SiO2, which is basically what you find in regular glass) from quartz sand, add water or ethanol molecules, and then through an unknown process are able to spray this on surfaces and get a very thin film of glass (100 nanometers, or 15-30 molecules) to stick. According to its creators there are no added nano-particles, resins or additives – the coatings form and bond due to quantum forces.
Some professional food processing companies have already carried out trials of the spray, finding that sterile surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach, needed only a hot water rinse after they were coated with liquid glass.
In the home, spray-on glass could eliminate the need for scrubbing and make most cleaning products obsolete. One spray is said to last a year and, as it is available in both water-based and alcohol-based solutions, it can be used in the oven, in bathrooms, tiles, sinks, and almost every other surface in the home.
The magical material could be available in stores soon, taken that supermarkets are willing to sell it.
The image shows the SiO2 coating on a filament of a microfibre. Via Physorg.com. Thanks Ronald van Tienhoven.