Lasers Help Metal Resist Rust and Ice

11:59 minutes

Water droplets might slide off your Teflon-coated pan, but what if they bounced off immediately instead? Scientists at the University of Rochester are pioneering a new way to make metals more water-repellent. The researchers used lasers to fundamentally alter the metal by creating micro- and nanoscale structures on its surface. Physicist Chunlei Guo, one of the authors of the study published this week in the Journal of Applied Physics, explains possible real-world applications of this technology.


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Chunlei Guo

Chunlei Guo is a professor at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

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About Becky Fogel

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