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Combining a Layer-by-Layer Assembling Technique with Electrochemical Deposition of Gold Aggregates to Mimic the Legs of Water Striders


  • The authors thank the Major State Basic Research Development Program (Grant. No. G2000078102), 863 High-tech R&D Program (2003AA302140), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20334010, 20473045), and the Ministry of Education (20010010006) for financial support.


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A superhydrophobic coating on gold threads (see Figure) has been fabricated by combining layer-by-layer assembly, electrochemical deposition, and surface modification. It can be used to mimic the legs of water striders, potentially leading to an understanding of the mechanism of structure reducing and quick propulsion.

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