Super-hydrophobic materials could make cleaning your bike a thing of the past (video)

A water and mud repellent material could be permanently etched onto the frame of a metal bike

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a material that repels water so strongly it literally bounces off the surface.

The super-hydrophobic material can be added to a metal surface using lasers, which means they become part of the surface and will not rub off over time.

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The material created is reportedly much more slippery than Teflon, as Rochester’s Chunlei Guo explains in the video, which needs to be tilted to a 70 degree for the water to run off.

Guo’s material, on the other hand, only needs to tilt to five degrees to see the water disappear.

“The material is so strongly water-repellent, the water actually gets bounced off. Then it lands on the surface again, gets bounced off again, and then it will just roll off from the surface,” said Guo on the University of Rochester website.

With the oft-wet conditions of the British roads, Guo’s team’s invention could mean a metal bike with a super-hydrophobic layer etched in will repel water and mud, meaning your cleaning tools could be a thing of the past.