Nanostructured Superhydrophobic Surfaces for Nanoeducation and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach

Report No. ARL-TN-0660
Authors: Abby L West; Travis M Tumlin; Alexis M Fakner; Mark H Griep
Date/Pages: February 2015; 30 pages
Abstract: In an effort to attract young minds to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), a lab setup utilizing Ultra Ever Dry superhydrophobic coatings has been demonstrated. This lab, when combined with overview and discussion, introduces middle-to-high-school-level students to the science of nanotechnology. Through various demonstrations of the water-repelling ability of the coatings, students can better understand the fundamental science of how nanostructure coatings work and the application of coatings to a variety of materials. This gives students the opportunity to hypothesize how these coatings could be used in their everyday lives along with stimulating their interest in STEM-related fields. This report details background information on nanotechnology, the fundamentals of how the nanostructure coatings work, the process ofcoating a variety of materials, and the results of a recent demonstration
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2015