The lotus elite

Carmichael, Helen
June 2006
ICIS Chemical Business;6/26/2006, Vol. 1 Issue 25, p24
Trade Publication
The article provides information on the ingenious lotus-inspired coatings developed by Wilhelm Barthlott. Using nanotechnology, he engineered surface bumps to give contact area for water droplets where water and dirt rolled right off. Because few nanomaterial-based coatings are commercially available, health and safety issues are somewhat unexplored. BASF is one of the partners involved with a research project which is looking to nanotechnology for a replacement to marine organotin antifouling treatments.


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