Researchers have developed synthetic `Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces’, known as SLIPS. These are a type of liquid-infused or lubricant-impregnated surface (LIS) that build upon the concept of hemi-wicking. One example is a hydrophobic nanoparticle (superhydrophobic) surface which then locks in place a lubricating fluid which spreads across the substrate. The surface is very slippery because liquid-solid contact is entirely replaced by liquid-lubricant contact.
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- Interfacial Strategies for Smart Slippery Surfaces G. McHale, R. Ledesma-Aguilar and G.G. Wells, J. Bionic Eng. 17 (2020) 633–643. Paper can also be downloaded from here.