A set of chemical coatings developed at the University of Houston repels water and other liquids to keep things as varied as solar panels and jeans clear of dust and protected from spills.
A video for the coatings, which will begin selling to businesses soon and could reach consumers by the spring, shows liquids like coffee and Gatorade beading up and streaming off of fabrics.
The chemical coating was developed by the University of Houston’s Institute for NanoEnergy and could be used to seal and protect solar panels, outdoor decks or fabrics, according to a university press release.
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Seamus Curran, director of the university’s Institute for NanoEnergy, developed the coatings while working on solutions for portable, solar-powered generators.
“Solar panels work most efficiently if their surfaces are clean, and the coating acts as a protective barrier against dust, pollen, water and other pollutants,” according to the university.
The university has launched a nanotech manufacturing company to market and sell the product, according to the news release. The University of Houston is a shareholder of the company, C-Voltaics.
“The university’s strategy for the commercialization of our faculty’s discoveries is to identify the most innovative technologies, those that have the greatest potential to benefit society,” said Rathindra Bose, vice president for research and technology transfer at the university.
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