Corning, the well-known company, announced the scratch-resistant glass at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass protects your iPhone from germ and bacteria.


A new version of Gorilla Glass was announced by Corning with antimicrobial solutions that help your device to be germ and bacteria free. While looking at the “demo” of this technology at CES in Las Vegas, people were wondering and had to reach their booth to check it out what exactly this thing is.

The latest version of Gorilla Glass is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass that aims to remove bacteria that exist on mobile Relevant Products/Services devices. An antibacterial agent and ionic silver are formulated in this glass and surfaced for sustained activity. Precise control of silver levels offered by Process and metrology innovations is must for preserving the optical, mechanical, and dielectric properties of Corning Gorilla Glass.

James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials said, “Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device.” He added, “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets”.

Presently, foams, sprays, antibacterial wipes and films are used to remove bacteria from device. However, Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is a new concept and already installed in many different devices like calculators, telephones, computers, cellular phones, and other electronic display panels. There are many places like health care, hospitality, and transportation industries uses Corning due to its touched interior architectural surfaces.

Asking from Roger Entner, principal analyst at Recon Analytics, about an antimicrobial glass, he said it is news for smartphone users. Entner said, “Smartphones are the devices that we hold the closest to our hands and mouths and certainly attract a lot of spit, whether we want them to or not.

If there’s one thing that should be antimicrobial, mobile handsets would be at the top of my list.” He also added, “It is only be a question of time before we see this glass on smartphones. There are already some microbial devices. But if you can make anything you touch or bring close to your mouth and eyes and ears antimicrobial it’s not a bad idea”.

The good news is this glass is being tested by manufacturers for many applications and has demonstrated with high-volume production capability.