Tuesday, 19 March 2013

WTF: 9 Surface Tension Trends in 2013 with video of course

This is more a review of some of the things I have talked about in this blog before.  However, with science and technology you have to reach a plateau before you start to see the technology in everybody's hands.  I have also included which instruments that might be useful in developing these new technologies.    

1. Superhydrophobic Coatings. I talked about the LiquiGlide product for use in making better ketchup bottles.  Many people are working on these superhydrobobic coatings from Ross technologies (NeverWet) spray on coatings which can allow your shoes to maintain a spotless shine.

2. Superoleophobic Glass Coatings. I have two touchscreen devices that I use which are like my little hands (as they would say in Finland).  Researchers are creating new ways to prevent people from getting all that grease on their touch devices after eating a bag of a full bag of ketchup chips.

3. Freaking Fracking.  Decreasing interfacial tension to help improve fracking techniques.  In order to get all the oil off the rocks better surfactants are needed to trap that residual oil.  This will help reduce the number of chemicals used.

Kibron Delta-8 is used by petroleum companies to improve their surfactants for this.

4. Electrowetting, uses an electric field to change the properties of a fluid (usually fluoropolymer).  This technology will be likely used in the successors to e-readers.  These are currently being developed.  

5. Graphene and Nanomaterials.  If you have been living in a box you should likely stay there.  Graphene is changing the world from making better display screens, integrated circuits and solar cells.  If you emerge from the box the world will have transformed to something extraordinary.  

Kibron DeltaPi and MTX are already used at Universities for making better graphene systems.

6. Battery design. The Energizer Bunny likely did not have any say in this.  Batteries are changing.  They are being printed on shirts even.  Surface tension can aid in making better materials and printing.

7. 3-D Printing Fused deposition modeling involves The model or part is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion from the nozzle.  These beads or colloids need to have specific surface tension properties in order for them to flow better out of the print nozzle and build the respective material.  

Kibron EZ-Pi Plus would be a good solution to figuring out the surface tension of the outgoing fluid.

8. Improved solar power. New methods and materials are being used to design and build ultra-efficient solar panels. Superhydrophic coatings and films, for example, contribute to self-cleaning panel designs. New designs include solar shingles and local solar grids for developing countries. Companies at the cutting edge of solar power development include Semprius and SunPower.

Kibron's AquaPi and EZ-Pi Plus has helped in both for the wet leakage test and for the 

9. The development of biomaterials. The wetting behavior help to determine biocompatibility with living tissue for contact lenses, and heart devices heart devices for example. Kibron's users from the Center for Materials have created several different materials that could be used in biomaterials using the Kibron Delta-8.