Scientist at the university of rochester made headline when the introduced the worlds first water repellent metal designed by lasers. Dr. Chunlei Guo and is colleague Dr. Anatoliy Vorobyev, of the University Rochester detail a sophisticated laser-patterning technique that gives metals new properties.
Although the laser pulse lasts about a quadrillionth of a second. It's peak power is equivalent to the energy needed to power North America.
Dr. Guo is hopeful for the potential of this new technique. Creating multifunctional metals with light-absorbing and water repellent properties could lead to more efficient solar absorbers. The benefit being that solar absorbers that don’t rust, giving new life and opportunities to many industries utilizing water exposed metals.