Hydrophobic T-shirt repels almost any liquid

At first glance, the Silic shirt looks like a simple, form-fitting T-shirt you'd find in any high street shop.

That is, however, until you throw water onto it.

Created by aspiring entrepreneur Aamir Patel, the shirt is made from a hydrophobic fabric layered with billions of silica particles.

These particles enable a microscopic layer of air to form between the fabric and any water-based liquid that comes into contact with it.

This means that instead of being absorbed, substances such as sweat and sugary drinks form a 150° ball and roll right off.

As an added bonus, the material doesn't retain moisture for bacteria to grow and therefore doesn't need to be washed as often.

Unlike other hydrophobic nanotechnology application processes, it's also non-cancerous.

Patel's Kickstarter campaign for the shirt exceeded its funding goal of $20,000 in the first day alone.

It now looks certain he'll exceed the $200,000 mark by the time the campaign ends on 26 January.

Take a look at the video below to see the technology in action.

Author
Laura Hopperton

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