30 Apr '12, 6pm

MIT Creates Miracle Glass That's Glare-Free, Self-Cleaning, Water Repellent

MIT Creates Miracle Glass That's Glare-Free, Self-Cleaning, Water Repellent

© Hyungryul Choi and Kyoo-Chul Park Glass. It's great stuff, right? Except that the reflection and glare coming off of it is often problematic, and it gets grimy easily, and can be hard to see through when water drops stick to it or streak across it. It can be such a disappointing material. But researchers at MIT have come up with a novel solution for these problems, and thus can solve a lot of problems created by these downsides of glass. According to MIT News , the researchers have developed a way to add texture to the surface of glass that eliminates glare and makes water drops bounce right off, taking the dust with it. The inspiration came from nature, as many surfaces such as those of lotus leaves naturally repel water and dirt because of certain textures. Here is a video showing the water-repellent feature: The researchers essentially came up with a surface of nanosc...

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