This week in ceramics news, researchers in China have developed a new method to create transparent, glass-based materials with UV-absorbing power and long lifetimes. The team successfully demonstrated the glass’ protective qualities with living cells and organic dyes, and believes it could also be developed as a transparent shield to protect electronics in space. They describe their results in the January issue of Optical Materials Express.
The researchers used a metal oxide well-known for its ability to absorb UV photons to craft the composite glass-based UV absorber. Other key features of the final composite material are the optical transparency of the glass and the material’s ability to suppress the separation of photo-generated electrons and holes.
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