Biomimetics can best be described
as the transfer of ideas from biology to technology.
The term biomimetics is defined as "the study of the
formation, structure, or function of biologically
produced substances and materials (as enzymes or
silk) and biological mechanisms and processes (as
protein synthesis or photosynthesis) especially for
the purpose of synthesizing similar products by
artificial mechanisms which mimic natural ones."
Also known as biomimicry and bionics, biomimetics can
also be defined as "the abstraction of good design
THE LOTUS LESSON and
Superhydrophobicity is a physical property of a surface whereby the surface is
extremely difficult to wet with water. For example, the leaves of plants, insect
wings, or the wings of birds have a property which enables any external
contaminants to be removed without requiring any specific removal process other
than water and
prevents contamination in the first place. This is possible because the leaves
of plants, insect wings, and the wings of birds are superhydrophobic.
The lotus plant's self-cleaning
effect stems from its surface being extremely
hydrophobic (water-repelling). Despite preferring to
grow in muddy rivers and lakes, the leaves of the
Lotus plant (Nelumbo nucifera) remain clean and free
of contaminants, even after emerging from the murky
waters. The surface of the leaves have a coating of
nanoscopic crystals which make them
hydrophobic so they repel water droplets and help
prevent wetting of the leaf surface. These micro-
and nano-scale features greatly reduces the contact
area between the surface and water molecules, which
is the key to the cleaning process and explains how
even a light rain shower is enough to wash the
leaves clean. This self-cleaning ability is the
inspiration for the APT POLYMER "Superhydrophobic"
Self Cleaning Polymer Paint System.
IS A POLYMER?
A long or larger
molecule consisting of a chain or network of many
repeating units, formed by chemically bonding
together many identical or similar small molecules
called monomers. A polymer is formed by
polymerization, the joining of many monomer
APT POLYMER is a Biomimetic
superhydrophobic high quality paint
polish/sealant that produces a long lasting,
self cleaning, high gloss shine never before
seen on all types of automotive paint finishes.
Amino functional polymers resist UV rays, salt,
air, snow, sleet, road film, harsh detergents
and environmental contaminants that can fade or
discolor automotive finishes prematurely. APT
POLYMER contains gloss enhancing agents that
smooth the surface and create depth of shine and
clarity that is far superior to wax. APT POLYMER
does not contain wax, waxes lay on the surface
of the paint and provide limited protection
against the elements. Ultra Violet rays, salt
air, snow, sleet, road film, harsh detergents,
environmental pollution and corrosive acids
contained in rain, morning dew and fog can break
down typical wax products much faster than a
true polymer sealant.
Unlike waxes APT POLYMER
utilizes two durable, amino functional silicone
resins that cure to form a continuous film like
the coating on the Lotus plant .This film
penetrates .005 mils into the painted surface,
physically bonding to the painted substrate,
sealing in the deep gloss finish for long
lasting beauty and protection. APT POLYMER also
[learn more] anti-static properties that reduce
friction buildup so contaminants will not adhere
to the surface.
HOW THE SURFACE CLEANS ITSELF
Instead of sitting flat along the
surface of the paint, the water only makes contact with
the Polymer at the top of the surface. Then, even with
the slightest of angles, the water starts to slide or
roll and tumbles off the surface picking up dirt
particles as it goes. So-well has nature refined this
system that even hydrophobic dirt particles, which would
ordinarily repel water, are trapped by the rolling water
droplet and washed away. This is because the particles
on the surface only make contact with the polymer and so
do not adhere very well. This
means that the energy required by the water to pick them
up is much less than the energy required to stick them
to the surface and so they are washed off.
a typical surface (one not extremely
hydrophilic or hydrophobic), a drop of water
slides across and leaves most dirt particles
sticking to the object.
a superhydrophobic surface, a drop rolls
across, picking up dirt and carrying it
away. The water and dirt have greater
affinity for each other than either does for
the treated surface.
Water drops cleaning a biomimetic hydrophobic painted
APT POLYMER is available with a
warranty that guarantees the finish treated with APT
POLYMER will retain it's gloss and color and will be
protected for five years on new vehicles and three years
on pre-owned vehicles.
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