Ross Technology’s New Invention NeverWet Repels Anything From Your Clothes
Ross Technology has recently come out with one of the most genius inventions I have ever seen in my life, called NeverWet. It is a silicon-based spray that also will be released as paint, that can make any type of clothing scare away water-based substances like you’ve never seen before. “Superhydrophobic” is what they call something that does not just resist soaking up a liquid, but it literally pushes it away and off of your clothing. Not to mention that the “superhydrophobic” spray is also “oleophobic” (or oil-repelling), making even the thickest substances experience the same effect when trying to latch onto your poor shoes or shirt.
It is common knowledge that often the greatest creations happen by accident, and the “superhydrophobic” spray is one of those things. Ross Technology was in the midst of finding new ways to reduce corrosion on products made of steel, but something turned them to create a more multi-purpose type of spray that would not only prevent corrosion, but also protect things from ice and getting wet.
“NeverWet has 13 patents pending and works in a similar way to Teflon. A surface’s ability to repel water is assessed by what happens when you drop water onto it. If water spreads over the surface without forming droplets, the surface is hydrophilic. When water beads up on the surface it’s hydrophobic. A surface’s level of hydrophobia is measured by the contact angle of the water on the surface. If the drop lies completely flat, flush against the surface this contact angle is zero degrees. If the droplet sits in a perfect circle it has an angle of 180 degrees. A surface is superhydrophobic when the angle between the surface and the water is greater than 150 degrees. Human skin has a contact angle of between 75 and 90 degrees and Scotchgard has an angle as high as 116 degrees. Meanwhile, NeverWet has a contact angle as high as 165 degrees.”
Obviously Ross Technology has a group of scientists working on new ways to spread the NeverWet idea into applications of all sorts, making things like plungers and ovens completely water-resistant.