A new form of glass, the unique combination of solid- and liquid-like properties of this sugar-oil emulsion might have applications in optical or sensing devices. Since it can be made with food-grade materials (the oil used was limonene, or orange oil), it might be useful in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
It might also someday be used to fabricate nanoscale materials, by using a polymerizable compound in place of the oil. In this case the glass would act as a template, holding the compound in the sugar structure. After the compound was polymerized, the sugar could be simply dissolved away.