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July 23rd, 2009

Coffee Drinkers, Say Hello to Scald-Proof Nanofabric

Abstract:
With scalding liquids, however, problems set in: not only do they cause the waxy coating to melt, but hot water also drives away the air. What's more, hot water drops are able to make their way into smaller nooks in the surface. Classically water-resistant surfaces, like the leaves above, succumb to hot water, letting it ooze through without resistance.

Well aware of the above research, as well as of recent studies pointing to the water-resilient properties of carbon nanotubes, the team of chemists at the University of Minnesota created a cocktail of carbon nanotubes, Teflon, and cotton fabric. This fabric successfully repels hot water, milk, coffee, and tea at 167 įF.

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