Glass with Smart Potential

Glass with Smart Potential
Graphic representation of nanoparticles embedded in glass. Credit: University of Adelaide

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have taken a large step towards applications of smart glass. They have cultivated a new technique for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into the glass without losing their properties.

They called it hybrid glass. This hybrid glass easily integrates the properties of light emitting nanoparticles with general properties of glass.

They have used internal growth of nanoparticles within a glass to integrate nanoparticles in the glass.

This technique will bring new opportunities for new hybrid materials and devices. It allows hybrid materials to take advantage of new nanoparticle’s properties in a new way. The unique radiance of the light will act as a torch when these glowing nanoparticles being integrated into the glass pipettes. It will guide the pipette directly to the individual neurons of interest.

Dr. Tim Zhao, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Physical Sciences and Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), said, “These new upconversion nanoparticles, now become a hopeful candidate for ultra-high tech applications like biological sensing, biomedical imaging, and 3D volumetric displays.”

Primarily, this technique was developed with upconversion nanoparticles. Researchers think that this new direct doping technique can develop nanoparticles with photonic, electronic and magnetic properties. It may have applications in various sectors based on its properties.

If glass combined with nanoparticle and converting the hybrid glass into the fibre, the result will come out with a remote sensor for nuclear facilities.

Heike Ebendorff-Heideprem, the project leader, said, “It has remarkable progress. There is one problem that controls over the nanoparticles and the glass compositions is limited. Thus, it restricts the development of many proposed applications.”

This new direct doping method combines the nanoparticles and glass individually. After combining, the nanoparticles remain functional and glass transparency remains exactly similar to its original quality.

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