The ‘superomniphobic’ liquid-repelling coating could make clothing stain-proof or make ships faster by reducing drag.

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanoscale coating that can be applied to any surface to repel liquids. The ‘superomniphobic’ coating is at least 95% air and causes liquids to bounce off the treated surface. To apply it, the researchers used electrospinning to create fine particles of solid from a liquid solution with an electric charge.

The coating is a mixture of rubbery plastic particles of “polydimethylsiloxane” and liquid-resisting nanoscale cubes developed by the Air Force that contain carbon, fluorine, silicon, and oxygen. Anish Tuteja, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, chemical engineering and macromolecular science and engineering, said:

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