Slippery Antifouling Surfaces with Health, Environmental and Consumer Applications
UW-Madison researchers have developed a new method for fabricating physically and chemically durable slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) on complex surfaces such as the inside of a hollow tube. The new SLIPS are antifouling to bacteria, fungi and mammalian cells, and may be used for the controlled release of antibiotics and to prevent thick liquids or dirt from building up on a surface. They have a wide range of applications, from biofilm-resistant coatings on biomedical devices to condiment packaging and even self-cleaning solar panels that could greatly increase the efficiency of solar energy.
Principal Investigator: David Lynn
- Slippery Liquid‐Infused Porous Surfaces that Prevent Microbial Surface Fouling and Kill Non‐Adherent Pathogens in Surrounding Media: A Controlled Release Approach (2016)
- Fabrication of Liquid‐Infused Surfaces Using Reactive Polymer Multilayers: Principles for Manipulating the Behaviors and Mobilities of Aqueous Fluids on Slippery Liquid Interfaces (2015)
- “Shrink‐to‐Fit” Superhydrophobicity: Thermally‐Induced Microscale Wrinkling of Thin Hydrophobic Multilayers Fabricated on Flexible Shrink‐Wrap Substrates (2013)