Combination of Teflon and Shrinkable Plastic Creates This Superhydrophobic Material

By: | March 15th, 2016

Brocken Inaglory

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has developed a unique new superhydrophobic material after experimenting with a bunch of shrinkable plastics.

Ultimately, shrinkable plastic and Teflon were combined to create the material, with its unique properties and all.

By placing Teflon on the surface of a sheet of shrinkable plastic, then heating it, the team created a surface with a contact angle of 172 degrees.

Essentially, water hardly comes into contact with the slippery surface and rolls right off it, hence, it being classified as superhydrophobic.

Read the full research here.

The material’s ability to easily shrug off water isn’t that unique, but the fact that the superhydrophobic material also has the same scratch resistance as an aluminum coating is relatively uncommon.

In fact, after being scratched, the material still has no issues discarding water.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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