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Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces | Science Daily
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Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces | Science Daily

Inspired by the extraordinary characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could bring us coatings that are sticky, repellent, insulating or light emitting, among other possibilities.

“This is so removed from anything I’ve ever seen that I would have thought it was impossible,” said Joerg Lahann, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan and senior author of the study in the journal Science.

Researchers at U-M and the University of Wisconsin made the somewhat serendipitous discovery, which revealed a new and powerful method for making arrays of fibers that are hundreds of times thinner than a human hair.

Source: Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces | Science Daily