BioInspired SuperGlass

dew droplet, about 1mm in diameter

New coating creates ‘superglass’ “A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning, and incredibly slippery, a team from Harvard University reported online July 31 in Nature Communications.”The recent development in super-hydrophobic coatings and this bio-inspired coatings are really transforming our expectations of the maintenance cycles of materials.

The new coating builds a Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) — the slipperiest synthetic surface known. The new coating is equally slippery, but much more durable and fully transparent. Together these advances solve longstanding challenges in creating commercially useful materials that repel almost everything.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/08/new-coating-turns-ordinary-glass-into-superglass/

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