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Low-Cost, Nontoxic Superhydrophobic Coating

A new class of superhydrophobic nanomaterials might simplify the process of protecting surfaces from water. The material was made by scientists at Rice University, the University of Swansea, the University of Bristol, and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. It is inexpensive, nontoxic, and can be applied to a variety of surfaces via spray- or spin-coating. The hydrocarbon-based material may be an environmentally friendly replacement for costly, hazardous fluorocarbons commonly used for superhydrophobic application.