UCLA researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have developed a novel superhydrophobic surface for drag reduction and anti-biofouling applications.
Superhydrophobic surfaces have unusual ability to repel water and may have utilities for applications including hydrodynamic drag reduction, de-icing, anti-corrosion, and anti-biofouling. For underwater applications, these surfaces must maintain their superhydrophobicity while submerged in a liquid. However, most superhydrophobic surfaces cannot retain the gas layer that makes them superhydrophobic under water in realistic conditions. Several approaches have increased the stability of the gas layer, but most of them are only preventive measures and are ineffective once the gas layer is disrupted.
UCLA researchers led by Professor Chang-Jin Kim have developed a novel superhydrophobic surface using a microstructured surface with a built-in mechanism to generate and maintain gases on the surface in submerged environments. This innovative technology does not require an external power source to generate the gas and can be utilized to reduce drag on boats, increase flows through pipes, or prevent biofouling on surfaces.
Superhydrophobic surfaces have been fabricated and proven.
|United States Of America||Published Application||20180320717||11/08/2018||2015-021|
|European Patent Office||Published Application||3169624||05/24/2017||2015-021|
Additional Patents Pending
superhydrophobic, superhydrophobic surfaces, microstructures, hydrophobic, anti-fouling coatings, anti-biofouling, submerged environments, microfluidic channel coating, water repellent, drag reduction, metal protection