International Sugar Journal

Wax-coated superhydrophobic sand increases crop productivity and water-use efficiency in arid regions [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have developed a simple, biodegradable ground cover — wax-coated sand — which keeps soil wet and increases crop yields.

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Nanostructures modelled on moth eyes exhibit anti-icing, anti-reflective properties [Full subscriber]

The unique arrangement of nanoscale bumps coating a moth’s eye has a new type of anti-icing surface developed by scientists in Vietnam, which could make its way onto airplane wings or other vehicles working in cold, harsh environments.

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Super water-resistant coating inspired by nature [Registered]

The hydrocarbon-based material may be a “green” replacement for costly, hazardous fluorocarbons commonly used for superhydrophobic applications, said the lead researcher Andrew Barron.

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US researchers develop superhydrophobic, glass coating [Registered]

To be superhydrophobic, a surface must achieve a water droplet contact angle exceeding 150 degrees. ORNL’s coating has a contact angle of between 155 and 165 degrees, so water literally bounces off, carrying away dust and dirt. This property combined with the suppression of light reflection from a glass surface is critical for improved performance in numerous optical applications, Aytug said.

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