New material with serious water phobia created by engineers, repelling liquids so well, that they’re called superhydrophobic.

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this booming area of research has the potential to benefit society in a big way.

As superhydrophobic materials become cheaper, their potential as disposable medical devices grows. Tiny amounts of fluid, such as saliva or blood, can be mixed and measured on a paper strip, and then tossed.

Image Credit: Aritra Ghosh, Ranjan Ganguly, Thomas M. Schutzius, Constantine M. Megaridis, “Wettability patterning for high-rate, pumpless fluid transport on open, non-planar microfluidic platforms.”

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