WCU faculty, students help create self-cleaning cellphone screen protector

WCU faculty, students help create self-cleaning cellphone screen protector

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students and faculty from William Carey University have helped create a new type of self-cleaning screen protector for cell phones.

The product's name is e-RACE, and it uses an all-natural enzyme instead of chemicals to break down oils from daily use of a phone. It was developed for a company called Reactive Surfaces, Ltd., which is based at the Accelerator, a business incubator owned by The University of Southern Mississippi.

"The kind of unique part instead of using a chemical treatment to help kind of repel that oil, here, they're using an enzyme that breaks down the oil itself," said Tyler Hodges, an assistant professor of biological sciences at WCU. "So, instead of just smearing over the screen for instance, it actually breaks down and removes that oil from the screen."

Hodges and a team of four students worked on the project.

William Carey University also received a grant of $40,000 from the company to help develop the screen protector and related products.

The e-Race protector is one sale now for iPhone models 5, 6 and 6 Plus. For more information or to purchase, click here.