Periodic graphics: Water-repelling chemistry | April 11, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 15 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 15 | p. 27
Issue Date: April 11, 2016

Periodic graphics: Water-repelling chemistry

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains why April showers roll off of raincoats and treated windshields
By Andy Brunning
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: hydrophobic, hydrophilic, contact angle, PTFE, Rain-X, Gore-Tex, water-repellent, coatings

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Ken Forbes Woodland, CA (April 19, 2016 4:50 PM)
Thank you for the brief and informative graphic Andy Brunning. It conveys the essentials of the major water repellents in an easy-to-read format that reports on the recent use of urine-repelling wall paint in an innovative approach to an annoying local problem in our beautiful San Francisco. I have high hopes for that paint.

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