Scientists research surface treatments for materials in order to illicit a specific behavior from the material's surface. Coatings can preserve, protect, lubricate, grip, and a myriad of other behaviors. For example, walls can be coated with material that when dry, will prevent the adhesion of paint or ink. In this demonstration, we're examining coatings that are oleophobic, "oil hating," and prevent low surface tension liquids from adhering to it.
As a result of exploring this demonstration, visitors will learn that oleophobic means "oil hating."
As a result of exploring this demonstration, visitors will be able to appreciate that scientists have created oleophobic surfaces using nanomaterials.
As a result of exploring this demonstration, visitors will be able to identify several applications for oleophobic surfaces.
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.