In our zeal to bring you amazing news of superomniphobic proportions yesterday, we jumped the gun on the official press release and wrote about a U. of Michigan research team’s development of a hydrophobic material that works so well that it repels--nay, rejects--any known liquid you can throw at it. Today, the research team has released a video demonstrating just how amazing these surfaces are. These superomniphobic materials don’t just prevent liquids from soaking in--they make liquids bounce right off.
The applications of course are vast, ranging from military uniforms resistant to chemical or biological agents to coatings for ocean vessels that reduce drag to surfaces that simply never, ever get wet. See this happening up close and in slow motion in the video above.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.