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Water-repellent surface with potential application in the sugar industry [Registered]

Surfaces designed so that drops do not adhere to them but instead bounce off have received substantial attention because of their ability to stay dry, self-clean and resist icing. In their study on hydrophobic materials – water-shedding surfaces such as those found in nature and created in the laboratory, MIT researchers have now found a way to reducing the contact time by at least 40% than the previous “limit”. The MIT researchers sourced the idea from nature when they found that drops bounced off both butterfly wings and nasturtium leaves faster than they bounced off lotus leaves, which are often…

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