Omniphobic Coatings (IMAGE) Office of Naval Research Caption Mathew Boban, a graduate student research assistant at the University of Michigan, pours hexadecane oil onto a glass slide covered with an omniphobic coating. The petroleum-based, highly viscous oil slides easily off the glass. The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring efforts to see how omniphobic coatings might reduce friction drag--resistance created by the movement of a hull through water--on ships, submarines and unmanned underwater vessels. Credit Robert Coelius, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.