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Icephobic Coating

A photograph of Kevin Golovin, a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering, golding a license plate that is half covered in ice.

Kevin Golovin, a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at U-M, demonstrates a new rubbery material that can create ice repelling, or "icephobic," coatings on a variety of materials, such as windshields or ship hulls. In this photo, the "icephobic" coating was applied to the right half of a license plate, preventing ice from sticking to that half after being placed in a freezer. The research is being done under the direction of Anish Tuteja, an associate professor in U-M's Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Photo: Evan Dougherty, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing