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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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Submitted
20 Oct 2011
Accepted
03 Nov 2011
First published
09 Dec 2011

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 2070-2086
Article type
Review Article

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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