SHATTERED phone screens could be a thing of the past after the creation of an “unbreakable” glass inspired by seashells.
The new material is five times more resistant to fractures than normal glass, scientists say.
Bioengineers developed the “strongest, strongest” glass known after studying the inner layer of mollusc shells – known as nacre or nacre.
Instead of shattering on impact, they say the material has the resilience of plastic and could be used to enhance mobile screens.
Dr Allen Ehrlicher of McGill University in Montreal said: “Nature is a master of design. Surprisingly, mother of pearl has the stiffness of a stiff material and the durability of a soft material, giving it the best of both worlds.
“This produces exceptional strength, making it 3,000 times stronger than the materials it is made of. “
He added that “flexible glass” is a lost invention from the time of Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar, 42BC-37AD.
After the inventor presented Tiberius with a bowl made from it and shown that it could not be broken, the emperor had the man killed because he feared it would devalue the gold and the money.
Dr Ehrlicher added that he was happy that the creation of his team did not “lead to execution”.