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On water repellency

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Water-repellency is a property of some materials, either natural or synthetic, which makes water hardly stick to them: drops roll very easily off these solids, and bounce back upon impacting them. Here we discuss recent advances in this field, which has been particularly lively in recent years. We first examine the physical causes for this effect. Then we discuss the loss of adherence of the drops in such a state, and stress their remarkable dynamic behaviour. We finally suggest several remaining challenges in the field.

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The article was received on 01 Feb 2005, accepted on 05 Apr 2005 and first published on 22 Apr 2005

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B501657F
Soft Matter, 2005,1, 55-61

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    On water repellency

    M. Callies and D. Quéré, Soft Matter, 2005, 1, 55
    DOI: 10.1039/B501657F

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