This material is so hydrophobic it's like a trampoline for water
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like current less effective methods.
The applications can be revolutionary: From the construction of airplane surfaces—which will avoid water freezing of the fuselage—to non-stick pans to phones to computers to TVs to cars to whatever you can imagine made of metal. They are also thinking of applying the technique to create 100-percent efficient water recollection systems in underdeveloped countries and the creation of latrines in areas where water is not abundant enough to allow for effective cleaning.
Source: YouTube Video
http://youtu.be/FLegmQ8_dHgThey also made super-hydrophilic before they ventured into hydrophobic surfaces.
super cool! i love the sanitary applications.
I'm still imagining what a latrine made of the material would be like.
hopefully not like a trampoline for liquid!
Yes, that could get very messy!