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Comment Re:Do boats go faster because it repels water? (Score 2, Interesting) 133 133

Because just because you're ultra-hydrophobic, doesn't mean you're good at solving the problem of fouling.

The toxics are being phased out, but there's not much yet to replace them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofouling is a very complex subject, with a lot of research dollars behind it these days.

The skinny of it is that many proteins will expose their hydrophobic cores and thus denature onto these ultra-hydrophobic surfaces; I'd imagine these surfaces to be excellent in pure water, and terrible in anything non-ideal (aka, the ocean).

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