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Progess in superhydrophobic surface development

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Research into extreme water-repellent surfaces began many decades ago, although it was only relatively recently that the term superhydrophobicity appeared in literature. Here we review the work on the preparation of superhydrophobic surfaces, with focus on the different techniques used and how they have developed over the years, with particular focus on the last two years. We discuss the origins of water-repellent surfaces, examining how size and shape of surface features are used to control surface characteristics, in particular how techniques have progressed to form multi-scaled roughness to mimic the lotus leaf effect. There are notable differences in the terminology used to describe the varying properties of water-repellent surfaces, so we suggest some key definitions.

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The article was received on 15 Aug 2007, accepted on 01 Oct 2007 and first published on 30 Oct 2007

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B712575P
Soft Matter, 2008,4, 224-240

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    Progess in superhydrophobic surface development

    P. Roach, N. J. Shirtcliffe and M. I. Newton, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 224
    DOI: 10.1039/B712575P

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