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Acc Chem Res. 2005 Aug;38(8):644-52.

Bioinspired surfaces with special wettability.

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Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences [corrected] Beijing 100080, People's Republic of China.

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  • Acc Chem Res. 2006 Jul;39(7):487.


Biomimetic research indicates that many phenomena regarding wettability in nature, such as the self-cleaning effect on a lotus leaf and cicada wing, the anisotropic dewetting behavior on a rice leaf, and striking superhydrophobic force provided by a water strider's leg, are all related to the unique micro- and nanostructures on the surfaces. It gives us much inspiration to realize special wettability on functional surfaces through the cooperation between the chemical composition and the surface micro- and nanostructures, which may bring great advantages in a wide variety of applications in daily life, industry, and agriculture. This Account reviews recent progress in these aspects.

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