i wonder what would happen if i sprayed a fuzzy wuzzy with this .... waterproof household pets !!!
What's the secret behind NeverWet?
NeverWet — which has 13 patents pending — works much as Scotchgard does in protecting furniture, carpets and other surfaces. That is, it creates a very high contact angle for water on a surface, Jones explained.
A drop of water that lies flat on a surface has a contact angle of zero percent, but if the droplet forms into a perfect circle, it has an angle of 180 degrees.
Human skin provides a surface angle of 75 to 90 degrees, Jones said. Car wax provides a surface angle of about 95 degrees. Scotchgard has an angle as high as 116 degrees.
In contrast, NeverWet has a contact angle as high as 165 degrees, which means water forms an almost perfect sphere.
Because of that shape, the water is repelled.
Materials scientist Vinod Sikka, Ross Nanotechnology's director of research and development, played a key role in inventing NeverWet, Jones said.
Sikka previously spent 34 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he became manager of research and technology development.
But having a superior product alone isn't enough to guarantee commercial success, Jones points out.
"It's challenging to break into the coatings market. People have been using the same stuff from the same suppliers for a long time," he said.
Jones sees lots of potential for NeverWet, though.
"It is very novel, and when you start thinking about it, you can think about how transformative the technology can be," Jones said. "You can use it everywhere."
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