Designed by: Michael Young (Michael Young Studio)
Design Trust Affiliation: Design Trust Futures Studio 2019 Hong Kong-based Mentor
Description: Michael’s idea is to create doors handles out of a metal which utilises lasers and photonics technology to develop fluid-repellent, antibacterial surfaces, taking us a step closer to self-cleaning saucepans, toilets, and dishwashers.
Specifically tailored laser processing of metal surfaces creates a roughened surface, mimicking the hydrophobic surface of lotus leaves, i.e. surfaces where miniature pockets of air are created that minimise the contact area between the surface and a liquid.
In this way surfaces keep themselves clean, without the need for cleaning products or chemicals, in fact by repelling liquids such as water, surfaces are no longer suitable for bacteria to grow.
Image Credit: Michael Young Studio