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New purification method could make protein drugs cheaper
How to pull carbon dioxide out of seawater


Solar cells kept clean of dust and dirt with electrostatic wipe down
How to Clear Dust from Solar Panels (Without All the Water)
How to clean solar panels without water feature on MIT News
Caroline McCue among 2021-22 Takeda Fellows featured in MIT News


The Mystery of Water Drops That Skate Across Oil at Impossible Speeds
MIT scientists reveal why water drops move faster on a hot, oil-coated surface
Why boiling droplets can race across hot oily surfaces
Droplets Propel on Hot Oil
Fizzy water droplets levitate at room temperature
“Crystal critters’ self-eject from salty solution
Self-ejection of crystals from heated, superhydrophobic surfaces feature on MIT News
Smooth operator secures new partnerships
Inventors put the squeeze on toothpaste
New toothpaste container coating ensures every last morsel comes out of the tube
MIT spinout LiquiGlide lands Colgate partnership, $13.5 million in funds
Cambridge company targets friction to lessen waste
Colgate’s New High-Tech Nonstick Toothpaste Tubes Help You Squeeze Out Every Drop – LiquiGlide featured in Gizmodo
Changing industry freshwater consumption: Infinite Cooling featured on Forge
Prof. Varanasi quoted in article: Blackout crisis: Fallout, furor and fact checks
Boosting the efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems feature on MIT News


Congratulations to Alum Dr. Samantha McBride on being selected for the 2020 “ME Rising Stars Workshop” hosted by UC Berkeley
Alum Dr. Sami Khan joins Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor
Professor Varanasi’s remarks at Fall semester convocation highlighted in MIT News
MIT researchers develop double-barreled syringe for subcutaneous biologics injections
Syringe technology could enable injection of concentrated biologic drugs
Bubble-capturing surface gets rid of foam
Kripa Varanasi featured in Financial Times
Crystal Critters work highlighted in Nature Physics


Henri Wins ACS Langmuir Award
Infinite Cooling featured on PBS News Hour
Kripa Varanasi featured on BBC
Henri wins the Outstanding Graduate research Award
Sami gets first place at the NACE student poster competition
Sam wins Meredith Kamm Memorial Award
Sreedath and Vishnu pass the qualifying exam!


Infinite Cooling named a $100K Diamond Winner at the MassChallenge Awards
A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals
Device that recycles vaporized water from power plants wins MIT $100K
This 27-Year-Old Scientist Has A Fix For Our Pesticide Problem
Maher Damak wins Lemelson Award
Samantha McBride wins Martin Fellowship
News Release: Infinite Cooling from MIT wins 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition
Today’s Must-Reads For Entrepreneurs: Startups
MIT-born Infinite Cooling wins Rice Business Plan Competition
MIT undertakes Grand Challenge for innovation in global vaccine manufacturing
The high-tech coating that makes ketchup, toothpaste and glue glide out of the container


PhD candidates Maher Damak and Karim Khalil named Forbes 30 under 30
A new way to mix oil and water
Stick, peel, or bounce: Controlling a freezing droplet’s fate
The engineer who ended the ketchup bottle battle
Group researchers designed a method to control and separate fluids on a surface using only visible light
Group researchers design coatings to prevent pipeline clogging
Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem
Group Alumnus Srinivas Subramanyam talks about Developing New Coatings for Icing and Fouling Environments
PhD candidate Maher Damak recognized for advances in engineering and chemistry
Kripa Varanasi: Innovating at interfaces


How to empty the ketchup bottle every time
Spray That Stays
Researchers from the Varanasi group and ESPCI in Paris have developed a new way of driving fluid droplets across surfaces in a precisely controlled way
Researchers from the Varanasi group have found a way to make pesticides stick to leaves instead of bouncing off
MIT makes pesticide safer by making it sticky
Srinivas Subramanyam has received his Doctoral degree and will start working at Eastman Chemicals
Taylor Farnham has received his Master’s and will start working at LiquiGlide
Sami Khan was awarded the Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Henri-Louis Girard and Samantha McBride have Passed the Qualifying Examinations
Maher Damak and Sami Kahn have Passed the Qualifying Examinations


New analysis of textured surfaces could lead to more efficient, and less dangerous, power plants
“Conjugated Polymers: Low-Dimensional Conduction Mechanisms in Highly Conductive and Transparent Conjugated Polymers” by Asli Ugur cover article in Advanced Materials
Liquiglide Announces Exclusive Agreement with Elmer’s Products Inc.
Varanasi Group Alum and Liquiglide Co-Founder named on “Forbes 30 under 30” list for 2015 in the Energy Category
Dr. Sushant Anand will begin his Assistant Professorship at UIC
Dr. Jolet de Ruiter has been awarded the Rubicon Grant Fellowship
Group researchers have shown that non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates
Leonid Rapoport was awarded the Elie Shaio Memorial Fund Fellowship Award
A research on the conductivity of promising polymers for optoelectronics and thermoelectric devices has been featured in MIT news
Graduate student Sami Khan receives Young Researcher Award
Sami Khan was awarded the 2015 International Hydropower Association’s “Young Researcher Award”
Karim Khalil and Leonid Rapoport Passed the Qualifying Examinations
Prof. Kripa K. Varanasi has been Granted a Tenure Position by MIT
Synthetic coatings: Super surfaces. Nature, 26 March 2015
With New Nonstick Coating, the Wait, and Waste, Is Over.
Published in Soft Matter “How droplets nucleate and grow on liquids and liquid impregnated surfaces, ” selected for the back-cover of the journal and amongst the most read articles!


“Dropwise Condensation of Low Surface Tension Fluids on Omniphobic Surfaces” accepted in Scientific Reports
DropWise, 2014 MassChallenge 50k Gold Winner!
Liquiglide featured in the Boston Globe
Varanasi Group Announced as MIT Deshpande Center Grant Recipient
Sami Khan named Hydro Research Foundation Research Award Program Recipient
Editor’s Pick (Today’s Energy Solutions): Separating finely mixed oil and water
LiquiGlide Celebrates First Anniversary Milestones
Liquiglide featured in the Boston Globe
Research on preventing scale formation featured on MIT News. MIT researchers develop a slippery coating that could prevent the scaling that fouls oil wells and power plants.


Adam Paxson Announced as a 2013 MRS Silver Award Recipient
Professor Varanasi featured on TIME program “The Future of Invention”
Reducing the contact time of a bouncing drop
Postdoc Sushant Anad wins Branco Weiss Fellowship
July 15th, 2013: Prof. Varanasi wins 2013 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award
July 9th, 2013: Dr. Sushant Anand amongst winners of the prestigious Branco Weiss Fellowship (pdf)
July 1st, 2013: Talking Shop: Kripa Varanasi (MechE Connects) Dr. Kripa Varanasi speaks about his vision and what inspires him. Read his interview here
June 20th, 2013: Adam Paxson awarded Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability (2013-2014) Congratulations to Adam Paxson, recipient of the Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability (2013-2014).
June 1st, 2013: LiquiGlide is Finalist for INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award 2013 LiquiGlide listed as a finalist for INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award 2013! Read more here
April 16th, 2013: Gizmodo lists LiquiGlide as one of 22 Best Product Designs of the Year LiquiGlide listed as one of 22 Best Product Designs of the Year (2012) by Gizmodo! Read more here
January 16th, 2013: Droplet mobility on lubricant-impregnated surfaces is featured as Front Cover of Soft-Matter. The paper is also amongst the Most Read Articles


December 27th, 2012: LiquiGlide has been listed by Forbes Magazine in its list of Best Food Inventions-2012! Read more here. Also read what Business Insider has to say!
November 30th, 2012: Prof. Kripa Varanasi has received the 2013 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
November 16th: Condensation using Lubricant Impregnated Surfaces (LIS) featured in Popular Science and Economist
November 1st, 2012: LiquiGlide has been chosen by Time Magazine in its list of Best Inventions-2012! Read more here
October 23rd, 2012: Among the teams winning MassChallenge, LiquiGlide takes its spot! Read more here, and here.
June 25th, 2012: Hydrate-phobic surfaces: fundamental studies in clathrate hydrate adhesion reduction
May 22nd, 2012: LiquiGlide listed as a World Changing Idea (2012) by Fast Company (Co.Exist)
Team LiquiGlide was bestowed the honor of the popular vote at last night’s 100k finale presentation, with audience members texting their favorite pitch to the contest organizers to vote.
April 24th, 2012: Work on hydrate-phobic surfaces has led to articles in two prominent newspapers.
April 24th, 2012: Work in the Varanasi Group has been highlighted in a special report in the Economist.
April 9th, 2012: Team LiquidGlide has advanced to semifinal round of the MIT 100K competition.
“Multimode Multidrop Serial Coalescence Effects during Condensation on Hierarchical Superhydrophobic Surfaces” Published in Langmuir
“Enhanced Condensation on Lubricant-Impregnated Nanotextured Surfaces” Published in ACS NANO
“Direct Imaging of Complex Nano- to Microscale Interfaces Involving Solid, Liquid, and Gas Phases” Published in ACS NANO
“Hydrate-phobic surfaces: fundamental studies in clathrate hydrate adhesion reduction” published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
January 8th, 2012: By taking a sheet of thermoplastic and soaking it in a solvent for an appropriate amount of time, authors Dr. Y. H. Cui, A. T. Paxson, K. M. Smyth, and Prof. K. K. Varanasi show how superhydrophobic dual-length-scale structures result from solvent-induced recrystallization.
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