New startup will develop non-stick surfaces for broad range of industrial applications
Wyss: The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its 'SLIPS' technology, a novel coating that repels almost every type of liquid and solid, will be commercialized by a newly formed private company, SLIPS Technologies, Inc. The company will provide solutions to multiple industries by creating customized, highly–repellent slippery surfaces for a broad range of applications. The announcement follows a worldwide license agreement between Harvard's Office of Technology Development (OTD) and SLIPS Technologies relating to the use of the Institute's Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) platform for non-medical applications.
"This is yet another big win this year towards achieving the Institute's mission of translating breakthrough technologies from the benchtop to the marketplace," said Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.
SLIPS was pioneered by Joanna Aizenberg, Ph.D., a Wyss Institute Core Faculty Member and the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The technology creates exceptionally repellent and robust self–cleaning surfaces on metals, plastics, optics, textiles and ceramics. These slippery surfaces repel almost any fouling challenge a surface may face — whether from bacteria, ice, water, oil, dust, barnacles, or other contaminants.