A forest of nano-mushroom structures keeps this plastic clean and stain-free

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation)

Solar panels and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) require a cover material that repels water, dirt, and oil while still letting plenty of light through. Researchers have created a flexible optical plastic that has all of those properties, finding inspiration in a surprising place: the shape of Enoki mushrooms.