The function of transporting liquid with biomimetics was reproduced by plastic molding! Nippo Ltd. and Associate Professor Daisuke Ishii of NITech are jointly promoting technological development.
Category：News｜Publishing : August 24, 2022
Daisuke Ishii, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering, the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) (Life Science and Applied Chemistry), together with Nippo Ltd. (Head Office: Nagoya City), produced a special microscopic pattern with a pitch of several µm by plastic injection molding for the first time in the world to reproduce the surface water transport function that sea roaches have. This microscopic pattern is characterized by its biomimetic function of transporting liquid on the surface. This function is expected to be used for various applications, such as spreading liquid that has accumulated on a part of the surface over the entire surface and improving the surface wettability of liquid.
Currently, prototype tests are being repeated in pursuit of the optimum shape that can demonstrate the best functionality, and at the same time, applications that utilize this technology are being developed.
Reference information: This initiative began with a NITech venture project named "Defogger".
"Defogger" project: Venture project "Defogger" awarded the Future 2019 (Link to Japanese pages)
Cooperating organization: Nippo Ltd. https://www.nip.co.jp/nipponow/2022/2128990.html (Link to Japanese pages)
Associate Professor Daisuke Ishii
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