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Video: Surface science keeps liquids rolling off superhydrophobic materials

By April Gocha / August 9, 2017

In this short video, ACS Reactions reveals why superhydrophobic materials never get wet—and it all has to do with the angle of contact between a drop of liquid and the surface upon which it sits.

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Video: Superhydrophobic spray-on coating takes a beating and keeps on self-healing

By April Gocha / April 12, 2017

A University of Michigan team has developed the ultimate superhydrophobic spray-on coating that is so durable that it can be applied to virtually any surface, including vehicles, boats, clothing, and more.

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Latest self-cleaning technologies mean a lower-maintenance, ‘greener’ future

By Stephanie Liverani / March 28, 2016

The latest innovations in self-cleaning surfaces, materials, and technologies focus on low-maintenance, energy-efficient solutions for many industries with major scale-up potential.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / January 28, 2012

Computer simulations show that metal oxides in water go through many short-lived shapes and structures (see story below). Credit: William Casey, UC Davis. Check ’em out: Scorpions inspire scientists in making tougher surfaces for machinery Researchers studied the bumps and grooves on the scorpions’ backs, scanning the creatures with a 3D laser device and developing…

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Nanoscale intergranular films shed light on grain boundary behavior

By Eileen De Guire / May 26, 2011

During one of their studies, grain boundary researchers began with gold films broken into particles (via annealing) dispersed across a sapphire substrate. Credit: Baram, et al; Technion. Materials scientists have long recognized that grain boundaries and interfaces can limit a material’s bulk properties, especially at high temperatures. Significant research effort has gone into understanding their nature with an eye to…

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