Biomimetic file 111: New Superhydrophobic Surface Inspired By The Eye Of A Fly

New Superhydrophobic Surface Inspired By The Eye Of A Fly

Hydrophobic surfaces is driving a lot of attention right now from various teams around the world. The aim is to develop surfaces that are effectively kept dried under different exposure conditions. The stakes are high, indeed economically viable technologies that would allow do do this have a range of big business applications. One of them being anti drag solutions for the shipping industry, a patent that could be worth billions.

“Superhydrophobic surfaces have a diverse range of applications in industry. They can be used in clothing and footwear such as boots and jackets to protect them and make them waterproof. They can be applied to underwater vessels such as submarines to reduce drag, or boats to prevent fouling and protect against the growth of marine organisms. They could also be used in electronics to prevent corrosion. The list goes on- they’re handy materials.”

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photo credit: Sun et al., Small

More information at: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/new-superhydrophobic-surface-inspired-eye-fly

What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

http://www.biodiversity.sg

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