News tagged with solid surfaces

When liquids behave like solids

( —When a rubber ball and a droplet of water are compressed onto a solid surface, they behave very differently. For the ball, the compression process is reversible, so the ball retains its original form when decompressed. ...

dateDec 10, 2013 in Condensed Matter feature
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New surface treatment stops scale buildup

Scale, as these deposits are known, causes inefficiencies, downtime, and maintenance issues. In the oil and gas industry, scale has sometimes led to the complete shutdown, at least temporarily, of operating wells. So addressing ...

dateJan 22, 2014 in Materials Science
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Stain-free, self-cleaning clothing on the horizon

( —Since 2011, the Harvard research team that created Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces has demonstrated a spate of sleek applications for the super-slick coating known as SLIPS, which repels nearly any substance ...

dateJan 14, 2014 in Nanomaterials
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Solved: The mystery of the nanoscale crop circles

( -- Almost three years ago a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) was performing an experiment in which layers of gold mere nanometers (billionths ...

dateMar 02, 2012 in Nanophysics
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