The develop the ultraslippery coating a glass honeycomb-like structure with craters is created (left), coated with a Teflon-like chemical (purple) that binds to the honeycomb cells to form a stable liquid film, which droplets of both water and oily liquids (right)
The tightly packed cells of the honeycomb-like structure make the SLIPS coating highly durable
The incredibly slippery coating repels liquids with incredible ease
The researchers hope to start bettering the superglass coating for use on curved surfaces and various plastics
The coating was bio-inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant
Joanna Aizenberg, Ph.D. and her team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have improved upon the Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) technology they developed back in 2012. The ultra smooth surface, which the team claims is the slipperiest known synthetic surface, has now been made transparent and more durable, giving it the potential to make the issues glass has with sticky liquids, frost and ice formation, and bacterial biofilms a thing of the past.
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