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A Novel Superhydrophobic Coating Technology

Information

 
Surface chemistry: Repellent legs

Nature 445, 373 (25 January 2007)

Inventors
Steven Bell, Iain Larmour and Charles Saunders

Patent
A priority patent application was filed on 20 Sept 2006 and the application entered PCT on 17 Sept 2007 with International Publication Number WO2008035045.

Opportunity Status
Queens wishes to talk to companies interested in developing the commercial opportunities for this novel and exciting technology

Contact
To discuss this further please contact:
Dr Paschal McCloskey

Request Further Information: Project Number P45867 Superhydrophobic Coating Technology

Funding
Project part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

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Project Number
P45867, POC14A

 

Researchers at QUB have invented a unique and innovative method for producing superhydrophobic coated surfaces to impart robust and long lasting water repellency on a wide range of surfaces.

 

  • Simple and cheap process Surfaces imparted with a very high degree of superhyrophobicity.
  • Coating properties can be adjusted to achieve a range of superhydrophobic.
  • Wide range of applications including Anti- biofouling, Drag Reduction and Water Repellency

Background

Current techniques to prepare superhydrophobic surfaces involve either multi-step procedures and harsh conditions or specialized reagents and equipment. Most of the methods are expensive and only applicable to small, flat surfaces or specific materials.

Innovation

Researchers at QUB have invented a unique and innovative method for producing superhydrophobic coated surfaces  to impart robust and long lasting water repellency on a wide range of surfaces. The superhydrophobic coating can be applied to a wide variety of substrates and is not limited to small areas or flat surfaces.

Market Opportunity

Superhydrophobic coating have a wide range of applications including

  • Anti-biofouling - the marine, medical, industrial and domestic markets.
  • Drag reduction – marine, industrial domestic markets.
  • Water Repellency – breathable professional/athletic sports and swim wear, military, leisure - sports wear.