The nanosized "forest of peptides" can be used as the basis for self-cleaning windows and more efficient batteries
Window washers may need to look for alternative employment thanks to the new nano-material (Main photo: Joe Mabel)
While attempting to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease researchers have discovered a new nanomaterial that can repel dust and water and could provide a self-cleaning coating for windows or solar panels. Unlike similar dust-busting materials that take inspiration from the surface of the lotus leaf, the new material is actually made up of molecules of peptides that “grow” to resemble small forests of grass. The coating also acts as a super-capacitor, thereby having implications for electric cars in that it could provide an energy boost to batteries.
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