Materials-Science Innovation on Display at MADMEC

Published in MIT News on October 12, 2016, by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office

Water-shedding coating for car windshields wins $10K grand prize at annual prototyping contest.

The winning team at this year’s MADMEC competition, PolyClean, aims to keep the roads safer with a transparent, water-shedding windshield coating that lets drivers see clearly, even in a downpour.

“Whether you like driving or not, I don’t think any of us like driving in these conditions,” said team member and PhD student Karim Gadelrab, referencing a video of a car’s windshield heavily obscured by rain, which was part of the team’s winning presentation.

For its invention, the PolyClean team — which includes PhD student Mukarram Tahir — won the $10,000 grand prize at yesterday’s competition, hosted annually by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) and sponsored by Saint-Gobain and Dow Chemical. Another team won a $6,000 second-place prize for inventing a novel soil treatment to fight erosion and retain nutrients, and a third-place team took home $4,000 for developing a hydrogel that can be used to manufacture self-shading windows...

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