Slips Technologies said today that it raised nearly $9 million for the super-slippery coating it’s developing, including a $3 million grant from a U.S. Energy Dept. agency.
Named for its technology, “slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces,” the Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s coating is designed to create a self-healing liquid layer that’s too slippery for other fluids to adhere to. Slips, a spinout of Harvard’s Wyss Institute, said the coating can be applied to materials including plastic, metal, ceramic, glass and concrete. The tech is based on the slippery surface of the carnivorous Nepenthes “pitcher plant.”