Researchers at MIT have developed what they are calling the “most waterproof material ever”.
It makes sense that the less time water spends on a surface, the dryer a surface will stay, but the trick is finding the ideal contact deterrent.
Researchers at MIT believe they’ve done just that, developing what they are calling the “most waterproof material ever”.
In creating it they looked to nature’s water-repellent superstars, lotus leaves, nasturtium, and butterfly wings.
The lotus leaf is an old standby among those looking for insights into how to best deflect water droplets, and has previously been regarded as the world’s most efficient surface for the task.
Feeling that the leaf has done as much as it can for the moisture repelling sciences, the MIT group looked further afield.
What they found were the unique characteristics of nasturtium plants and Morpho butterflies.
Both have ridge scales and configurations that causing droplets to disperse unevenly when hit.
Contrary to prior belief, that uneven distribution results in a briefer contact duration and a drier surface.
Potential applications for the discovery range from raincoats to wind turbines.
The developers believe the surface could also prevent dangerous ice conditions on power lines and airplane wings.