Friday, March 13, 2009

Superhydrophobic: "Chinese Scientists Invent 'Floatiest' Material On Earth..."

I know two people who will kill me for putting this on the blog. From Gizmodo:

"... Chinese scientists applied a similar coating to a tiny copper mesh boat, and suddenly it could hold three times the weight.

It's actually crazy: The superhydrophobic coating—what the scientists are casually calling "the cooperative effect of hierarchical micro/nanostructures and a low-surface-energy wax coating"—creates a cushion of air around the boat (or the bug's leg), putting an invisible bubble between it and the water The boat is literally floating on air, while the water tries to touch it but can't. What's creepy is that the coated boats sink immediately when immersed in organic liquids like ethanol and acetone. ..."


Now, I found one material that is impossible to get wet even when submerged for 2 months but if I mix it with this creepy stuff, I just may be able to do a 200 'fly someday.

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