Professor Zhiliang Zhang | The Super-tough Coating that Repels Ice

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Ice can cause serious damage to vehicles and infrastructure, including aircraft, pavements, power lines, and wind turbines. It is important to remove ice before it causes damage, but doing this manually is often expensive and energy-intensive, and sometimes even dangerous. Researchers have begun to develop so-called ‘super-hydrophobic’ coatings, which can repel incoming water droplets before they freeze. This not only prevents ice from building up; it also weakens the adhesion of ice that does freeze to the surface, allowing it be removed more easily. Read More

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Summary of the paper ‘Ultra-robust icephobic coatings with high toughness, strong substrate adhesion and self-healing capability’, in Science China Materials,


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