Sunday, July 22, 2012

Self cleaning cars will soon be a reality


Researchers have developed a new coating that has many potential applications - keeping your car and mobile phones clean for ages and aircraft that need less frequent repainting.

Functional coatings, for example with highly water resistant or antibacterial properties, have at their surface nano-sized molecular groups that provide these specific properties.

Both these molecular groups are easily and irreversibly damaged by minor contact with their surface, quickly causing their properties to be lost, the journal Advanced Materials reports.

Catarina Esteves of the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology and her colleagues have now found a solution, according to an Eindhoven statement. The solution will make possible a self cleaning car, with a highly water-resistant coating that keeps this self-cleaning property for long periods. Superficial scratches will be self-repaired and the water droplets simply roll off the car, taking dirt with them. An occasional rain shower is all that's needed to keep the car clean.


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