Scientists create the slipperiest surface in the world

By: | October 31st, 2023

Water-repellent materials are essential for many applications in the automotive, marine, and aerospace industries. They help to improve visibility, reduce drag, and protect materials from moisture damage.

Now, scientists have developed what they call the most water-repellent surface ever.

The new water-repellent surface developed by researchers at Aalto University is so slippery that water droplets will roll off at angles 500 times shallower than other superhydrophobic materials.

This means that the surface is able to repel water even when it is tilted at a very shallow angle. This is in contrast to other superhydrophobic materials, which typically require a steeper tilt angle for water droplets to roll off.

The development of liquid-like coatings called self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) to make water droplets slip off surfaces has the potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries and improve our daily lives. It has the potential to revolutionize both households and industrial settings by making self-cleaning surfaces, preventing fouling, and creating water-resistant fabrics and electronics.

While this coating is fascinating, researchers acknowledge its current thinness and susceptibility to dispersion. Nonetheless, they are committed to ongoing improvements, envisioning its potential contribution to a variety of industrial applications in the future.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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