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Recent developments in bio-inspired special wettability

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Nature is a school for scientists and engineers. After four and a half billion years of stringent evolution, some creatures in nature exhibit fascinating surface wettability. Biomimetics, mimicking nature for engineering solutions, provides a model for the development of functional surfaces with special wettability. Recently, bio-inspired special wetting surfaces have attracted wide scientific attention for both fundamental research and practical applications, which has become an increasingly hot research topic. This Critical Review summarizes the recent work in bio-inspired special wettability, with a focus on lotus leaf inspired self-cleaning surfaces, plants and insects inspired anisotropic superhydrophobic surfaces, mosquito eyes inspired superhydrophobic antifogging coatings, insects inspired superhydrophobic antireflection coatings, rose petals and gecko feet inspired high adhesive superhydrophobic surfaces, bio-inspired water collecting surfaces, and superlyophobic surfaces, with particular focus on the last two years. The research prospects and directions of this rapidly developing field are also briefly addressed (159 references).

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The article was received on 17 Dec 2009 and first published on 29 Jun 2010

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B917112F
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 3240-3255
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    Recent developments in bio-inspired special wettability

    K. Liu, X. Yao and L. Jiang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 3240
    DOI: 10.1039/B917112F

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