Durable Elastomeric Low Adhesion Icephobic Surfaces

Period of Performance: 08/04/2014 - 06/04/2015


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

HygraTek LLC
1600 Huron Parkway Array
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Michigan
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Institution POC


In this Phase I effort, HygraTek will explore a novel anti-ice coating formulation to develop icephobic surfaces for naval ship superstructures, decks, equipment and vehicles on board naval ships, e.g. fighter jets, helicopters etc. HygraTek has recently developed a series of different environmentally safe, non-fluorinated, transparent, icephobic coatings. These coatings display the lowest ice-adhesion strength values (force per unit area required to slide ice of a surface) that have ever been reported (99 % transmission) with excellent durability Minimal maintenance, and inexpensive compared to other products currently in market Water repellent; resistant to corrosion, mild acids, UV, solar exposure, organisms and organic phosphates Not harmful for aquatic animals; negligible risk for water pollution