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Extreme wettability and tunable adhesion: biomimicking beyond nature?

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Abstract

In this critical review, we summarize the recent developments of extreme wettability in nature and biomimetic examples, and then we focus on surface wetting behavior beyond nature, which means surface wetting properties that cannot be found in nature. They are: switchable wettability between (super)hydrophobicity and (super)hydrophilicity, switchable water/oil droplet adhesion between superhydrophobic pinning states and superhydrophobic rolling states, superoleophobicity at the air–solid interface or even under vacuum, and self-healing (super)amphiphobicity at the air–solid interface.

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The article was received on 20 Oct 2011, accepted on 03 Nov 2011 and first published on 09 Dec 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM07003G
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 2070-2086
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    Extreme wettability and tunable adhesion: biomimicking beyond nature?

    X. Liu, Y. Liang, F. Zhou and W. Liu, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2070
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM07003G

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