This week in ceramic news, a team of engineers in Canada have developed a more transparent glass.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan have added silver to glass, making the glass more transparent and able to selectively absorb heat and light.
“I don’t think we were surprised when the equations told us it was possible,” said Kenneth Chau, associate professor. “I think we were surprised when we actually did it in the lab and looked at this piece of glass and saw there was more light going through it when we added metal. It’s counterintuitive because metals naturally reflect light. When you look in the mirror it’s a thin coating of metal that causes it to reflect your image. So it’s not expected that adding metal to a piece of glass will actually allow you to see through it more.”
Chau and his team are focusing on sustainability and developing energy applications for the glass.
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