Textile coating could make PPE last and last

A textile coating that repels blood and saliva can also prevent viruses from sticking to surfaces. The advance could one day lead to reusable PPE.

Maggie Pavlick-Pittsburgh • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology coatings covid-19 viruses

‘Continuously active’ antiviral coating doesn’t quit

Continuously active disinfectants could be a new, longer-lasting weapon in the fight against viruses like the novel coronavirus.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria coatings microbes viruses

Method paints 3D-printed stuff’s nooks and crannies

3D-printed stuff can be complex and have lots of hard-to-reach surfaces. But that's no problem for a new method for painting 3D-printed objects.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology 3d-printing coatings paint

Coating stops cross-contamination on fruits and veggies

Bacteria on produce can spread and lead to cross-contamination on other fruit and veggies. A new coating could stop that from happening.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria biofilms coatings food fruit vegetables

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry butterflies coatings colors insects light

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry butterflies coatings colors insects light

Bandage speeds blood clotting and doesn’t stick

A new bandage that helps stop bleeding and doesn't stick to wounds has applications in the emergency room and at home.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology blood coatings hydrophobic-materials skin wounds

Coating lets toilets clean themselves and save water

A new coating could make regular toilets self-cleaning and cut the amount of water each flush uses.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured health-and-medicine coatings feces sustainability water

‘Bottlebrush’ polymers bring coatings under control

Microscopic bottlebrush polymers that resemble their larger kitchen cousins could offer exquisite control over coatings, researchers say.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology coatings drug-delivery polymers self-assembly

Why tiny water droplets zoom weirdly on some surfaces

New research solves a mystery of "dropwise" condensation.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
July 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology coatings physics water

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