This work was partially supported by the Integrated European Laser Laboratories LASERLAB-EUROPE (Contract No. RII3-CT-2003-506350), the Greek Ministry of Education (Herakleitos Programme), the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (PENED Programme), and NATO's Scientific Affairs Division (Science for Peace Programme). The authors acknowledge Prof. Sophia Rhizopoulou of the University of Athens, Department of Biology for kindly providing the Nelumbo nucifera (the sacred Lotus) leaves and Ms. Aleka Manousaki and Ms. Alexandra Siakouli for their continuous support with scanning electron microscopy. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.
Biomimetic Artificial Surfaces Quantitatively Reproduce the Water Repellency of a Lotus Leaf†
Article first published online: 22 SEP 2008
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Volume 20, Issue 21, pages 4049–4054, November 3, 2008
How to Cite
Zorba, V., Stratakis, E., Barberoglou, M., Spanakis, E., Tzanetakis, P., Anastasiadis, S. H. and Fotakis, C. (2008), Biomimetic Artificial Surfaces Quantitatively Reproduce the Water Repellency of a Lotus Leaf. Adv. Mater., 20: 4049–4054. doi: 10.1002/adma.200800651
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 22 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 22 MAY 2008
- Manuscript Received: 6 MAR 2008
- biomimetic surfaces;
Artificially structured surfaces possessing hierarchical micro- and nanostructures are prepared with a one-step production process. These surfaces, exhibiting controlled dual-scale roughness, qualitatively and quantitatively mimic both the structure and the water repellent characteristics of the natural Lotus leaf and constitute one of the most water-repellent artificial surfaces ever reported.