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Bio-inspired hierarchically structured polymer fibers for anisotropic non-wetting surfaces

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Abstract

We demonstrate a rice leaf-like hierarchically textured polymer fiber array for anisotropic non-wetting surfaces. To provide superhydrophobicity in addition to the anisotropic behavior, fiber surfaces are spray coated with organically modified silica nanoparticles. The resulting micro/nano hierarchically structured fiber surfaces demonstrate anisotropic non-wetting properties. We designed various fiber architectures for droplet transportation, mixing, and guiding exploiting the scalability of the fiber texture during thermal drawing; optional nanoparticle surface modification; and inherent flexibility of the fibers.

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The article was received on 12 Dec 2016, accepted on 02 Mar 2017 and first published on 09 Mar 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA28111G
Citation: RSC Adv., 2017,7, 15553-15560
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    Bio-inspired hierarchically structured polymer fibers for anisotropic non-wetting surfaces

    M. Yunusa, F. E. Ozturk, A. Yildirim, U. Tuvshindorj, M. Kanik and M. Bayindir, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 15553
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA28111G

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