Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings
Posted October 20, 2012 6:12 PM
are beautiful, delicate marvels of nature. While their lovely
appearance may be inspiring, there's nothing a butterfly can teach us
about renewable energy - or is there? An ambitious University
of Pennsylvania professor named Shu Yang recently used holographic
lithography to develop a material that mimics the iridescent and
water-resistant qualities of butterfly wings.
The project garnered enough attention that the teacher landed a grant
to develop butterfly-inspired hydrophobic coatings for drier, cleaner
and hence more efficient solar panels.