Materials scientists in California have made a special metallic glass with a strength and toughness greater than any known material, using a recipe that could yield a new method for materials fabrication.
The glass, a microalloy made of palladium, has a chemical structure that counteracts the inherent brittleness of glass but maintains its strength. It’s not very dense and it is more lightweight than steel, with comparable heft to an aluminum or titanium alloy.
So far, glass heating elements have operated in two modes: on and off. But the traces of metallic compound embedded in Engineered Glass Products's Thermique glass connect to electronic controls, enabling you to precisely regulate temperature. Look for the hot glass in windows, towel warmers and pool enclosures.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.