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  • "omniphobic" surfaces that can repel both water and oily liquids.

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  • Cohen said that the shape of the omniphobic toadstools enables the weak surface tension to hold a droplet together, allowing liquids like pentane to form a sphere without collapsing.

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  • To put it briefly, they are recently used in a large spectrum of fields, from paper to strong materials, from cosmetics to light alteration, to better food, self-healing or omniphobic surfaces.

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  • The MIT researchers have shown that a combination of structure and chemistry can turn any surface omniphobic, says Weihua Ming, a professor in the nanostructured-polymers research group at the University of New Hampshire.

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  • Water (dyed blue) and hexadecane (dyed red), an oil, bead up on an omniphobic surface, which repels all liquids.

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  • "Successful development of omniphobic surfaces is a very exciting achievement" because such materials have a variety of practical applications, such as self-cleaning paints or coatings for windows, he adds.

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