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Robust, not easily damaged superhydrophobic surface developed [Full subscriber]

Superhydrophobic materials have long promised surfaces that never needed cleaning, avoid biofouling on medical equipment where no microbe could ever possibly stick to and, in industrial applications enhance heat transfer — but have always been let down by the fact they are very easily damaged. They are extremely susceptible to cuts, scratches or dents. If a superhydrophobic surface gets damaged, the damaged area can trap liquids and the benefits of the coating are lost.…

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