Cool Superhydrophobic Surface Demos

Cool Superhydrophobic Surface Demos
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Both these videos are from German web retailer Innovative Materials, who apparently used to sell something called “superhydrophobic aerogel” in powder or granule form. In these videos, surfaces coated with this powder react in interesting ways to water. They seem to be sold out of the stuff, but a bit of Googling confirms that superhydrophobic aerogels do exist and can be made in many ways. Exactly what type was used in these demonstrations is unclear. [via Boing Boing]

Innovative Materials Blog: Aerogel Powder

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14 thoughts on “Cool Superhydrophobic Surface Demos

  1. Justin Forposting says:

    How do you wash it off your finger?

    1. Ken Hoover says:

      Likely ethanol.

  2. Michael Phelps says:

    How long before an olympic swimmer coats himself in that stuff before a key race?

  3. Jeff says:

    Medical applications! :-) after some play time….

  4. MAKE | says:

    […] the article Cool Superhydrophobic Surface Demos, user Michael Phelps writes: How long before an olympic swimmer coats himself in that stuff before […]

  5. Nathan Vrubel says:

    An alternate company, call is working on an arosol version of this powder. This is some really cool technology. There is more information on:
    But I didn’t see where or how to obtain the stuff.

    1. Nathan Vrubel says:

      I am waiting for these materials to show up in the MakerShed.

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