Water squishes into stable shapes, no container required
Nanoparticles lock together to hold water in place for more than a month
By Beth Mole, 14:45 PM October 24, 2013
Distorted droplets of water can hold their elongated shapes for weeks when surrounded by a thin layer of nanoparticles.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst plunged water droplets loaded with plastic nanoparticles into a mix of oil and silicone polymer. Submerged in the slimy solution, the water’s nanoparticles floated to the edges of the droplets and interacted with the silicone polymer to form a detergent, which coated each ball of water. The researchers then flipped on an ...
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