Scientists at Australian National University have developed a unique water-repellent spray material. According to one of the developers of graduate student William Wong, the surface layer of hydrophobic nanoparticles of the new material resembles a red-hot barbecue, on which water slides.
To create the cover, the scientists combined two types of plastics - rigid and flexible, like two intertwined fishing nets made of different materials. It is completely transparent and UV-resistant. For example, windows with such a coating will be constantly clean, and the bathroom mirror will never fog up.
Scientists have developed two simple and relatively cheap ways to create a coating. The first method, hot, involves using a flame to create nanoparticles. The second method is for lower temperatures, when the substance is separated into two components in a spray form.
The developers of this unique material hope that, over time, reliable anti-corrosion, self-cleaning and oil-repellent coatings will be created on its basis.