Category: James Bird

To Repel Water, Rough Things Up

December 4th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers, PBS, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

We are obsessed with staying dry…

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Using a Rough Surface to Stay Dry

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, James Bird, New York Times, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University have found a new clue to staying dry, and it has to do with time and texture…

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Try This on For Size: MIT & BU Researchers Create the Most Waterproof Material Ever

November 25th, 2013 in 2013, BostInno, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

The wintry, windy weather will leave you longing for the waterproof warmth of Gore-Tex…

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Researchers hatch new way to repel drops

November 25th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Engineers have long been interested in creating surfaces that can repel water — materials so waterproof that droplets bounce right off…

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“The point is now you know you can do it, it’s really obvious how to do it. And yet you didn’t try that way.”

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Water-Resistance Breakthrough Makes a Splash

November 22nd, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Scientists may have just created the most water-resistant artificial material in the world…

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“Perhaps the most straightforward [way to further reduce contact time] would be to design the texture to fracture the drop into more pieces.”

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Super-Dry Surface Allows Water to Bounce Off Easily [Video]

November 21st, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new material that lets water bounce off its surface very easily…

Expert quote:

“We’ve demonstrated that we can use surface texture to reshape a drop as it recoils in such a way that the overall contact time is significantly reduced.”

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Boing… bouncing drops make for smarter rainwear

November 20th, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Scientists on Wednesday said they had found a way to make raindrops bounce faster off surfaces, opening the way to new water-resistant materials from clothing to aircraft wings…

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“The upshot is that the surface stays drier longer if this contact time is reduced, which has the potential to be useful for a variety of applications.”

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BU, MIT researchers find new way to repel droplets from surfaces

November 20th, 2013 in 2013, Boston.com, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Engineers have long been interested in creating surfaces that can repel water—materials so waterproof that droplets bounce right off…

Expert quote:

“The point is now you know you can do it, it’s really obvious how to do it. And yet you didn’t try that way.”

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