Invented at MIT, LiquiGlide’s patented technology platform is built on a fundamental model of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Our team of experts are constantly advancing the technology and building on our proprietary algorithm.
LiquiGlide’s coatings are custom designed to be hyper slippery and permanently wet, using materials that are safe for each specific application. Our coatings are also self-healing, such that the liquid will naturally fill and cover any scratches that are made in the surface.
LIQUIGLIDE™ VS. ALTERNATIVES
Don’t be fooled by technologies you have seen in the past that have similar visual effects. LiquiGlide™ is the only durable, slippery solution for viscous liquids.
A conventional superhydrophobic surface is like a lotus leaf; it is a highly textured surface which creates a cushion of air for the product to sit on. Over time, superhydrophobic surfaces break down and are no longer slippery. They are also typically made of exotic materials that are not safe for food applications.
LiquiGlide™ is a multi-layer, liquid-impregnated surface, consisting of a customized solid texture and a liquid. The highly textured solid surface is composed of a matrix of features spaced sufficiently close to stably contain the impregnating liquid that fills in the spaces between the features. The liquid is held in place within the texture, creating a slippery, liquid surface. Over time, the surface continues to be slippery because the liquid is permanently held in place within the textures.
LiquiGlide has a strong international IP footprint with 6 granted US patents and over 150 patent applications pending around the world.
US Patent no 8,574,704: Liquid-impregnated surfaces, methods of making, and devices incorporating the same
US Patent no 8,535,779: Self-lubricating surfaces for food packaging and food processing equipment
US Patent no 8,940,361: Self-lubricating surfaces for food packaging and food processing equipment
US Patent no 9,254,496: Articles for manipulating impinging liquids and methods of manufacturing same
US Patent no 9,309,162: Liquid-encapsulated rare-earth based ceramic surfaces