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Scientific Breakthrough: Super Water Resistant Metals

I am going to go ahead and admit you are much smarter than me.

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  • mattruns84
    2819 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    This week Dr. Chunlei Guo published an article in an academic magazine revealing how he and his team have created super hydrophobic metals (metals that are incredibly water repellant) by using short laser bursts to change the molecular properties of metal.

    The applications of this are endless, such as airplane wings that never freeze, creating surfaces that can't harbor bacteria, latrines and toilets that never have to be cleaned, cars that never have to be washed, non stick pans that no longer need Teflon coatings which break apart over time and cause health problems, and many many others.

    Hopefully they can soon begin using this technique commercially since this would have so many benefits to people all over the world. I know I can't post links to articles, and I wasn't sure if I could copy and paste an article in here. So if you'd like to learn more, just type "Chunlei Guo" into Google and you'll get a ton of articles about this important breakthrough in science.

    Until then, look at this sample of how the metal reacts when water is introduced. This is so completely amazing:

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    That's trippy! :shock: I like the idea of toilets that never have to be cleaned. :P
  • pollardfreek
    786 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Yeah, right now they've only applied this method to metals, but they state they're already working on using this technique on other materials, such as plastics and porcelain. There are metal toilets out there though, and metal troughs and urinals that can benefit and be bacteria free from this technique as it currently stands.
  • JimJ321
    4206 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    This is where I urinate multiple times each summer. The fabulous Wrigley Field urinals.

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  • juliet603
    17879 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    mattruns84 wrote:

    That's trippy! :shock: I like the idea of toilets that never have to be cleaned. :P

    Yeah me too :lol:
  • yukongirl123
    15173 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    @Juliet...now if only Captain Elian's space vessel had this feature... :lol:
  • juliet603
    17879 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    @Juliet...now if only Captain Elian's space vessel had this feature... :lol:

    You would think a futuristic space ship would wouldn't you?! He probably didn't get them installed on purpose :evil: :lol:
  • yukongirl123
    15173 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Yes I can see how that would amuse Captain Elian... And the others!
  • juliet603
    17879 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Yes I can see how that would amuse Captain Elian... And the others!

    :roll: no wonder I've been kept on the ship this long...
  • Smilee306
    278 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    That is so awesome, thank you for sharing!
  • mattruns84
    2819 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Yeah, right now they've only applied this method to metals, but they state they're already working on using this technique on other materials, such as plastics and porcelain. There are metal toilets out there though, and metal troughs and urinals that can benefit and be bacteria free from this technique as it currently stands.

    I don't know if I want "liquids" bouncing off my toilet, though. :shock:
  • Bravewall
    4244 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Very cool. 8)
  • neuroheart
    8132 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Very cool.

    A few years ago I saw video of some sort of coating that can repel water almost as well as this. I wanted it for my glasses. (Not sure whether it ended up being toxic or not. I should look into that.)
  • mwdalton
    11549 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Haha, that water is all like "nope, nope, nope, hell nope" :lol:
  • juliet603
    17879 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    mattruns84 wrote:
    Yeah, right now they've only applied this method to metals, but they state they're already working on using this technique on other materials, such as plastics and porcelain. There are metal toilets out there though, and metal troughs and urinals that can benefit and be bacteria free from this technique as it currently stands.

    I don't know if I want "liquids" bouncing off my toilet, though. :shock:

    Hahaha! You'd need a seperate toilet for diarrhoea! :lol: :shock:
  • sandwedgeking
    2630 posts Member
    edited January 2015
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    :D
    Stuff and Things - Designs by SWK
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