Most liquids literally bounce off surfaces treated with a "superomniphobic" coating developed at the University of Michigan
An uncoated tile of screen is wetted by liquids, but a treated piece remains dry (Photo: Joseph Xu)
Coffee running off a piece of fabric treated with the new nanoscale coating (Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing)
A team of engineering researchers at the University of Michigan has developed a nanoscale coating that causes almost all liquids to bounce off surfaces treated with it. Consisting of at least 95 percent air, the new "superomniphobic" coating is claimed to repel the broadest range of liquids of any material in its class, opening up the possibility of super stain-resistant clothing, drag-reducing waterproof paints for ship hulls, breathable garments that provide protection from harmful chemicals, and touchscreens resistant to fingerprint smudges.
Other Images from this Gallery