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January 9th, 2008

Waterproof dove provides inspiration for new stick-free polymer

Abstract:
According to Prof. Edward Bormashenko from the Department of Physics at the Ariel University Center of Samaria, the surface of a dove's wing - and that of most birds - is the perfect raincoat, keeping water and dirt from sticking to their bodies.

Bormashenko's current research into non-stick materials is based on this understanding, and could lead to self-cleaning textiles, and have important implications in the shipping, recreational sports and building industries.

Applying techniques from the fields of physics and nanotechnology, Bormashenko has succeeded in duplicating the material found on bird's wings. He calls it a superhydrophobic polymer.

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