06/01/2014 09:00 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Your Next Gorilla Glass Phone Screen Will Kill Bacteria With Silver

Your phone is disgusting - not because it's old, or doesn't have a fingerprint reader, but because it's covered in bacteria.

Luckily Corning, who make the near-ubiquitous Gorilla Glass which many top smartphones are made with, have a solution.

Their new type of glass has a built-in antibacterial material which kills nasties with the destructive power of... silver.

Microbes are killed on contact with toxic silver, and the result is a smartphone which is arguably cleaner and perhaps a bit healthier.

The downside? This hasn't actually be approved for use yet, in the USA let alone in the UK, and once it's ready it will be a while before it's fitted to phones - the first use is with workspace furniture, according to Gizmodo.

Still it's pretty intriguing - check out the video to find out how it works.