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MIT Researcher Finally Solves The “Ketchup Problem”

Ketchup Problem

Ph.D. candidate Dave Smith and his team of MIT researchers have solved a problem that has vexed man since the beginning of time…how to get the damned ketchup out of the bottle. No more violent shaking of the bottle, no more sticking in a knife and having to wrap it in a napkin and no more smashing the “57” on the top of the bottle.

Smith’s team, consisting of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists, over the past several months has created “LiquiGlide,” a non-toxic coating so slippery that when you tilt the bottle the ketchup flows out of the top like milk out of a carton. Not just quickly but the ketchup (or any other thick liquid) comes out to the last drop.

Smith told Fast Company,

“It just floats right onto the sandwich,”

Smith stresses that it isn’t just ketchup but any thick liquid that can benefit from “LiquiGlide”. The coating can be applied to a variety of surfaces, glass or plastic, and could conceivably work with all kinds of thick sauces or industrial solvents. For Smith the benefits speak for themselves.

According to Smith, the coating is completely unique because of the qualities it possesses. He said,

“[It’s]kind of a structured liquid — it’s rigid like a solid, but it’s lubricated like a liquid. It’s funny: Everyone is always like, ‘Why bottles? What’s the big deal?’ But then you tell them the market for bottles — just the sauces alone is a $17 billion market. And if all those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save about 1 million tons of food from being thrown out every year.”

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