New water repellent material sheds like a snake when damaged

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Scientist Jürgen Rühe from University of Freiburg - IMTEK and his colleagues have reported to the Langmuir journal published by the American Chemistry Society (ACS) to reveal they have created a water repellent material that sheds its outer layer when damaged. The scientists copied the water-repelling structure of lotus leaves and water striders to develop the superhydrophobic material. The material could be useful in a range of ways including rain gear, medical instruments and self-cleaning car windows. Most similar prototypes to date have not been strong enough to withstand damage by sharp objects. The researchers took inspirations from snake and…

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