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Superhydrophobic surfaces

United States Patent

March 24, 2015
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Surfaces having a hierarchical structure--having features of both microscale and nanoscale dimensions--can exhibit superhydrophobic properties and advantageous condensation and heat transfer properties. The hierarchical surfaces can be fabricated using biological nanostructures, such as viruses as a self-assembled nanoscale template.
Wang; Evelyn N. (Cambridge, MA), McCarthy; Matthew (Arlington, MA), Enright; Ryan (Whitestone, NY), Culver; James N. (Potomac, MD), Gerasopoulos; Konstantinos (College Park, MD), Ghodssi; Reza (Silver Spring, MD)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)
13/ 582,260
March 4, 2011
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Grant No. CMMI0927693 awarded by the National Science Foundation, under Grant No. DE-FG02-02ER45975 awarded by the Department of Energy and under Contract No. W31P4Q-09-1-0007 awarded by the Army Aviation and Missile Command. The government has certain rights in the invention.