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A new, natural wax coating makes garments water-resistant and breathable

October 1, 2019

Aalto University researchers have developed a new way of making garments water-resistant with wax obtained from Brazilian palm…
A new way to make droplets bounce away

June 30, 2019

In many situations, engineers want to minimize the contact of droplets of water or other liquids with surfaces…
David Lynn, left, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and graduate student Harshit Agarwal discuss the super-slippery coatings they are developing to reduce bacterial growth on implanted medical devices, such as catheters. Photo credit: David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Double dipping: Dual-action ‘slippery’ catheter fights bacteria

May 14, 2019

A super-slippery coating being developed at a University of Wisconsin–Madison lab could benefit medical catheters, factory equipment, and…
Oil pipeline. Image credit: Maureen via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Researchers Create New Anti-Clogging Tech for Oil Industry

November 9, 2018

Working with substances often means understanding how the characteristics of those substances could affect the equipment used for…
A new approach to liquid-repelling surfaces

November 2, 2018

“Omniphobic” might sound like a way to describe someone who is afraid of everything, but it actually refers…
Let it rain! New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

July 3, 2018

Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from rainwear to military tents, but conventional water-repellent coatings have…
A laser focus on super water-repellent metals

February 27, 2018

In a laboratory at the University of Rochester, researchers are using lasers to change the surface of metals…
Drops in motion

November 30, 2017

Some knowledge gaps persist for a surprisingly long time. While the friction between a solid body and a…
A self-healing, water-repellent coating that’s ultra durable

April 5, 2017

A self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating developed at the University of Michigan is hundreds of times more durable than…
Water-Repellent Nanotextures Found to Have Excellent Anti-Fogging Abilities

March 4, 2017

Cone-shaped nanotextures could prevent fog condensation on surfaces in humid environments, including for power generation and transportation applications…
Research clarifies physics of water repelling surfaces

July 4, 2015

Researchers have gained valuable insights into the behaviour of water on strongly hydrophobic (water repelling) surfaces. Understanding this…
NASA, Canadian Agency Renew Agreement to Reduce Aviation Icing Risks

May 22, 2015

NASA and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada have renewed a partnership agreement to continue critical research…
Facetless crystals that mimic starfish shells could advance 3D-printing pills

October 22, 2014

In a design that mimics a hard-to-duplicate texture of starfish shells, University of Michigan engineers have made rounded…
How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives

June 17, 2014

Feathers have long been recognized as a classic example of efficient water-shedding — as in the well-known expression…
Water Glides Freely Across “Nanodrapes” Made From the World’s Thinnest Material

October 2, 2013

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new drape made from graphene—the thinnest material known to science—which can…
Explained: Hydrophobic and hydrophilic

July 16, 2013

Sometimes water spreads evenly when it hits a surface; sometimes it beads into tiny droplets. While people have…
Scientists discover clues about plant evolution

May 20, 2013

Sacred lotus has cultural and religious importance as a symbol of purity, and it is also used as…
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