We’ve all seen examples of waterproofing, from plants in the natural world that water beads off of to similar effects in clothing. But at the University of Rochester, what’s being called a superhydrophobic metal blows all that stuff out of the water (so to speak).
Even more amazingly (once you see it in action), the superhydrophobic metal doesn’t employ chemicals in its water-repelling function. Chunlei Guo is a professor of optics at the University of Rochester, and it was Guo’s lab that developed the metal, using a laser-etched nanostructure on the surface that repels water better than any chemical and will never wear out.
The implications for this superhydrophobic metal are infinite, from construction of airplanes to smaller tech like TVs and phones. But for now, the most incredible thing about the metal is just the way water bounces off of it, and you can see it all in action in the video below. And for more on the development of the metal, take a look at the press release at the University of Rochester’s website here.
Here’s the video: