Corning has announced today that its new version of Gorilla Glass will be the first to be Antimicrobial. The glass is forumulated with an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, which is incorporated into the glass surface. This enables precise control of silver levels necessary to preserve "the mechanical, optical, and dielectric properties of Corning Gorilla Glass" according to the company. In a press release Corning's senior vice president and general manager 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. 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.
Corning's new Gorilla Glass is currently being tested with some manufacturers with high-volume production being demonstrated.