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Bioinspired superhydrophobic, self-cleaning and low drag surfaces
Author(s): Bharat Bhushan

Paper Abstract

Nature has evolved objects with desired functionality using commonly found materials. Nature capitalizes on hierarchical structures to achieve functionality. The understanding of the functions provided by objects and processes found in nature can guide us to produce nanomaterials, nanodevices, and processes with desirable functionality. This article provides an overview of four topics: (1) Lotus Effect used to develop superhydrophobic and self-cleaning/antifouling surfaces with low adhesion, (2) Shark Skin Effect to develop surfaces with low fluid drag and anti-fouling characteristics, and (3-4) Rice Leaf and Butterfly Wing Effect to develop superhydrophobic and self-cleaning surfaces with low drag. Rice Leaf and Butterfly Wings combine the Shark Skin and Lotus Effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2013
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8818, Nanostructured Thin Films VI, 881802 (19 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025150
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Bharat Bhushan, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8818:
Nanostructured Thin Films VI
Tom G. Mackay; Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Yi-Jun Jen; Motofumi Suzuki, Editor(s)

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