FuelFix: University Puts First Nanotechnology Product to the Test

A recent article from FuelFix.com details the impressive and innovative everyday uses for nanotechnology. The University of Houston’s Institute for Nanotechnology has created a coating for fabrics that could revolutionize waterproofing and impact a variety of industries. Story begins below, to read the rest and see a video of the technology in action, please visit: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/10/15/an-amusing-little-wine-trick-helps-sell-tiny-uh-product/.

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HOUSTON — Nanotechnology’s latest party trick involves red wine and a pair of white jeans. Shay Curran, the University of Houston’s nanotechnology expert, does it like this: Pour the wine onto the jeans and watch it pool up like water on glass. Then give the jeans a quick snap and watch the wine fall right off.

Because of a special coating made of particles so tiny and thin that they can’t be felt by the human hand, the white jeans stay as good as new, Curran said. Curran used the trick in Europe, while demonstrating the University of Houston’s first nanotechnology product during a competition in the Netherlands.

“They were saying do something interesting, do wine,” said Curran, who is the director of the university’s Institute for NanoEnergy. Five companies — makers of carpets, fabrics, threads, tarp and glass — will be the first to test the coating, said Curran, who is CEO of a firm called C-Voltaics that the university is spinning off to sell the coating. Story continues here.

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