A collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials.


Robust self-cleaning surfaces that function when exposed to either air or oil.

Yao Lu et al.

annotated by Patricia Weisensee

Did you ever wish that the water you just spilled had not wet your entire pants? Or that your clothes remained clean after that walk on the beach? Lu et al. found an easy yet effective way of making all kinds of materials water-repelling and self-cleaning, including cotton. They combine nanotechnology with a simple adhesive, just as you would find in Scotch tape. The coating even resists scratching and rubbing. Thanks to science, you may soon experience new freedom on your next hike through the woods or walk through the rain.