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LiquiGlide: A Redefinition of how thick liquids flow

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You know how most foods always leave some residue sticking into the insides of their jars and bottles. It might not seem like a lot of food going to waste but if we gather up all the mayonnaise and ketchup that the world throws away just for being stuck to the insides of their jars, we’d probably be looking at tonnes that could make up millions of jars. An estimated 15% of thick stuff in bottles and other containers ends up getting discarded.

If the argument above still looks like a non-starter to you, who wouldn’t want their ketchup or mayonnaise slipping out nicely and easily out of a slippery hydrophobic jar? That’s exactly what LiquiGlide™ does.

LiquiGlide which was developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is made using a thin, soft solid material infused with a liquid, is a slippery non-stick surface designed to be used as a lining for containers of viscous liquids. When used to line the inner surface of a bottle of tomato ketchup for instance, the viscous ketchup can slip out with far much ease.

 

According to LiquiGlide, their innovative technology which revolutionizes the way liquids move out of containers, is to liquids what the wheel was to transportation.

Apart from food, you can think of glue, paint, cosmetics, toothpaste and other household products, fuels and other viscous liquids that could be made to flow better and faster with the incredible non-stick LiquiGlide. And one can consider all these liquids because the company is able to customize the LiquiGlide coating for various liquids and their packaging.

Mustard bottle with and without LiquiGlide

LiquiGlide was born when Kripa Varanati and David Smith, researchers at MIT, were looking into ways to keep ice buildup off the wings of flying aircraft. According to MIT, the two were still thinking of commercial applications for it when somewhere in early 2012, Varanati saw his wife struggling to pour out honey from a bottle.

A few months after that, the two scientists entered LiquiGlide in an entrepreneurship competition at MIT, winning $100,000 and support to build a good business plan. They then launched the company in August 2012 with an overwhelming queue of clients already waiting.

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