Nearly 40 years after Jaws gave sharks everywhere a bad reputation, UF College of Engineering's Dr. Anthony Brennan has turned them into heroes. As part of a project funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Dr. Brennan discovered Sharklet™, the first technology in the world to inhibit bacterial growth through pattern alone. Its surface is comprised of millions of tiny diamonds arranged in a distinct pattern that mimics the microbe-resistant properties of shark skin.
Sharklet Technologies puts the pattern into adhesive-backed films and manufactures the pattern into medical devices and consumer goods to prevent bacteria growth. Sharklet was named one of the year's top nine most innovative technologies by Inc. magazine in 2009.
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