Superhydrophobic Coatings

What if a surface could repel water droplets? Our researchers are creating coatings that do just that, with a variety of practical applications.

CINS researchers have been investigating the ability of nanomaterials to affect a surface’s water and even oil repellence. These nano-coatings, often modeled after the features of superhydrophobic (water-repellent) plants and animals, change how liquids interact with the surfaces they land on. As a result, the liquids bead up, roll off, and/or are otherwise repelled from the surface without any additional prompting.