hydrophilic Archives | The American Ceramic Society Skip to content


Video: Structure and function—Surface properties are the secret to smarter materials

By April Gocha / August 5, 2014

Materials’ surfaces are really important because they influence how something interacts with the rest of the world—and big advances in the understanding and fabrication of surfaces mean big advances in how those surfaces can function.

Read More

Extreme caution suggested: Superhydrophobic surfaces may have weak icephobic properties

By / January 20, 2011

A recent paper from GE Global Research and MIT mechanical engineering researchers casts doubt on the effectiveness of superhydrophobic surfaces ability to block ice formation on aircraft, wind turbines, communications towers and other applications where frost frequently appears. The authors of the paper, which is published in Applied Physics Letters, note that tests done during…

Read More

Pitt’s Gao demonstrates new oil–water filtration system for possible Deepwater Gulf spill usage

By / June 9, 2010

Back in November, I wrote about the work of Di Gao, an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, regarding mimicking the action of lotus leaves to create self-cleaning coatings that could be applied to anything from windows to warehouses. One of Gao’s applications is a superhydrophobic silica nanoparticle–polymer coating that…

Read More