Graphene coatings used to repel, attract water, could make Rain-X decidedly obsolete

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    Graphene coatings used to repel, attract water, could make Rain-X decidedly obsolete

    Graphene coatings used to repel, attract water, could make Rain-X decidedly obsolete
    engadget
    February 2, 2011
    by Tim Stevens


    Graphene looks poised to replace our silicon and our touchscreens, even fix our batteries. Now it's due for something perhaps a little less revolutionary: keep our pants clean. Physicist James Dickerson and a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have created two ways to apply thin graphene sheets that either make them super-hydrophobic or super-hydrophilic. These alternate arrangements, termed "rug" and "brick," make the water bead up and run off or spread out and form incredibly thin sheets. Potential applications are windshields that don't need wipers, pants that cause red wine drops to just bounce off, and goggles that never, ever fog -- no buffing required.

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    Re: Graphene coatings used to repel, attract water, could make Rain-X decidedly obsol

    Bring it on.

    Meanwhile, I have plenty of Rain-X.

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    Re: Graphene coatings used to repel, attract water, could make Rain-X decidedly obsol

    I just hope we don't have to worry about any negatives with this new technology. Such as when you get a chip in your windshield or somebody washing the windshield with a compound that breaks the bond of the graphene with the glass and then they get stray carbon on them.

    Or if the manufactoring process has the same negatives as working with asbestos. Short of that, bring it on.

    Ya to no more strawberry milkshake stainds to the seatbelt, seat, headliner, sunvisor, door or carpet.

    Ya to no more windshields that are a pain to clean because of a roving gang of pigeons.
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