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Keywords:

  • patterning crystals;
  • superhydrophobic materials;
  • adhesion;
  • silicon substrates;
  • nanostructures
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A “clinging microdroplets” method to fabricate patterning crystal arrays based on high-adhesive superhydrophobic pillar-structured silicon substrates is presented by Lei Jiang and co-workers on page 3297. Patterning crystals are transferred onto flat plates when pressing patterning-loading square-pillar-structured silicon substrates to contact flat surfaces for a short while. The novel and low-cost technique for patterning crystal arrays might yield breakthroughs in areas ranging from nanodevices to nanoelectronics.