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28 Jan 15: Materials 8: Hydrophobic Metal
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We want to thank Bob Hurter for supplying the information for our column this week.

 

Researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered a laser etching pattern that can be applied to metal surfaces which prevents water from wetting the surface. You can read all about it here.

 

Of course, we don't know what the cost will be in commercial applications, but the implications are huge.  In the paper industry, the possibilities are profound.

 

One immediately thinks of the wet end of the paper machine as a prime candidate for a material like this.  However, let's stretch the idea a bit further.  What if it is so economical we could afford to treat structural steel with this process?  Think of all the wet conditions throughout pulp and paper mills where the structure literally evaporates before your eyes due to condensation.  The cost savings potential is enormous.

 

Thanks Bob!

 

 
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