Water-repellent paint could prevent ice build-up on planes

Applying a water-repellent surface to the outside surface of aircraft could replace current anti-icing methods.

The development of super-hydrophobic or water-repelling technology means ice could be prevented from even forming on aircraft flying through wet and cold conditions.

A water-repelling surface is rough on a microscopic scale and reduces the difficulty involved in detaching individual water drops.

Current ice-prevention methods involve the quick removal of ice or preventing buildup after ice has formed.

Read more at American Institute of Physics