The bikini was made from a special material called sponge by scientists at University of California Riverside. It won an international design contest. The heat-treated sucrose is the main ingredient in sponge. This special material is porous and repels water, making it hydrophobic. It also absorbs contaminants. Mihri Ozkan is an electric engineering professor at UC Riverside’s Bourns College. She said that the material is “superior” and not harmful to the earth. Her husband, Prof. Cengiz Ozkan is also a PhD. Sponge was developed by Daisy Patino and Hamed Bay Ph.D. four years ago. They wanted to make something that would clean up chemical or oil spillages and desalinate water. Engineers at UC Riverside created the spongesuit bikini. Eray Carbajo designers also made it. Image: UCR Today. Image credit: Eray Carbajo. The unique nature of the material’s water repelling properties could be applied in paint to satellites or airplanes. It can also serve as electromagnetic shields for unmanned aircraft vehicles. Inanc Eray and Gonzalo Carbajo were partners in an Istanbul-based architecture and design company. They first considered incorporating the material in wearable technology such as the swimsuit. The swimsuit was designed by them after they visited Ozkan’s labs. The swimsuit won the Reshape 15 Wearable Tech Competition’s first prize. It was also recognized by the Maker Faire in Rome, October 16th. Sponge was used to form a bikini-shaped shape. It was then enclosed in a cage-like 3D-printed elastic elastomer (3D-printed polymers with elastic properties such as e.g. The sponge material forms to your body. Scientists believe sponge could be used in many ways. It can also be used to make swim caps, wet suits, and other wearable products. The Spongesuit bikini’s components. Image: UCR Today. Illustration credit: Eray Carbajo. Sponge can absorb up to 25, times its weight. It releases the absorbed material only when heated above 1 ,000 Celsius. They do not contact the skin of the user, but they are trapped within the sponge’s pores. The sponge pad can be recycled after a few uses. The absorbent material could be reused up to 20 times, according to tests at the UC Riverside labs. According to the UC Riverside Office of Technology Commercialization, it filed patents on the above-mentioned inventions. Video: Sponge is a sponge that cleanses the ocean. Sponge absorbs and repels water.
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