Safe and reliable sanitation should be available to all.
Over half of the world's population lives without access to safe sanitation.
The immediate and long-term consequences of insufficient sanitation systems pose serious public health threats.
A few years ago, one of our co-founders, was approached by a group working under the Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge looking for a solution to human waste residue in low-water toilet systems. We found that most hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings are excellent at repelling liquid, but fall short in their ability to repel sludge-like material.
So we set out to make coatings specifically engineered to repel human waste.
This is how spotLESS Materials began.
The results of this work has been recently published in Nature Sustainability. We quickly learned that “sticky problems” are not unique to sanitation. From automotive application to medical, surfaces get dirty, so they need to be cleaned or replaced. Our aim is to make surfaces that keep themselves clean.