WESTERVILLE, OH The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) today announced that two companies, Corning Inc. and GE Healthcare, have been selected to receive the organization's 2010 Corporate Technical Achievement Award for their landmark developments of Gorilla Glass and the Gemstone CT Scan Scintillator, respectively.
"We somewhat broke with tradition this year by picking two winners, but these are very remarkable products and companies," says ACerS President Edwin Fuller. He says ACerS will present the awards to company representatives on Oct. 18, 2010, at the Society's annual meeting in Houston, Texas. Researchers from each company will also present special lectures on the science and history of development of these two products on Oct. 19, 2010.
"In just a few years, Corning's Gorilla Glass has become ubiquitous in smartphone devices," says Fuller. "Typically, it is the outer glass surface of smartphones, providing a very strong, durable and clear surface that does not interfere with touchscreens or other functionalities in the devices."
Technically speaking, Gorilla Glass is a special alkali alumino-silicate product that, even at half of the same thickness, is two- or three-times stronger than other types of commercially available chemically strengthened glass. Although extremely mar-resistant, even if a scratch is left, the strength of Gorilla Glass is retained. Because it has proven to be such a strong, thin and lightweight surface, TV manufacturers are also looking to use Gorilla Glass on their screens to reduce the weight of their products, which will cut shipping costs.
GE Healthcare's Gemstone is a high-performance scintillator that has enabled the creation of a low-radiation, high-definition computed tomography (CT) scanning systems, the first major development in CT equipment in over two decades. A scintillator is a key CT system component that detects transmitted X-rays and converts the energy into a digital form. Th
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