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Bioinspired Surfaces with Wettability for Antifouling Application


Wettability is a special character found in nature, including the superhydrophobicity of lotus leaves, the underwater superoleophobicity of fish scales and the slipperiness of pitcher plants. These surfaces exhibit unique properties such as resistance to icing, corrosion, and the like. The antifouling property of the material surface has important applications in a variety of industries, such as in hulls, in medical equipment, in water pipes and underwater equipment. However, the traditional anti-fouling surface is usually combined with toxic substances or the manufacturing process is complicated and expensive, which cannot meet the current antifouling demand. These wettable surfaces have always exhibited good anti-biofouling and self-cleaning properties, and their use as antifouling surfaces can well solve the problems of the above-mentioned traditional antifouling surfaces. Here, we divided the wettability surface into superhydrophobic surface, underwater superoleophobic surface and slippery surface, respectively, summarizing their development in the field of antifouling. Their research progress in antibacterial, antibiotic flocculation and antiplatelet adhesion was highlighted. Furthermore, we provide our own insights into the shortcomings and development prospects of wettability surface applications in the field of antifouling.

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The article was received on 10 Jul 2019, accepted on 17 Oct 2019 and first published on 17 Oct 2019

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR05870B
Nanoscale, 2019, Accepted Manuscript

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    Bioinspired Surfaces with Wettability for Antifouling Application

    Z. Li and Z. Guo, Nanoscale, 2019, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9NR05870B

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