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SLIPS technology gets funding boost


Harvard scientists that have developed a coating to prevent biofilms forming in food processing machinery have received a grant to further develop the technology.

The team, led by Joanna Aizenberg, at the Wyss Institute received the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) innovation grant to develop the slippery coating.

The grant supports the development of self-repairing coatings for the insides of oil and water pipelines to reduce friction and energy use.

SLIPS (Slippery-Liquid-Infused-Porous-Surfaces) creates a hybrid surface that is smooth and slippery due to its liquid layer.

Biofilms are hard to remove pathogens that get stuck on machinery and other surfaces in manufacturing plants.