“Water Strider” Legs with a Self-Assembled Coating of Single-Crystalline Nanowires of an Organic Semiconductor

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  • Lang Jiang,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
    2. Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100039 (P. R. China)
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  • Xi Yao,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
    2. Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100039 (P. R. China)
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  • Hongxiang Li,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
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  • Yanyan Fu,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
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  • Li Chen,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
    2. Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100039 (P. R. China)
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  • Qing Meng,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
    2. Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100039 (P. R. China)
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  • Wenping Hu,

    Corresponding author
    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
    • Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China).
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  • Lei Jiang

    Corresponding author
    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China)
    • Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences Key Laboratory of Organic Solids Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100190 (P. R. China).
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Abstract

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Superhydrophobic surfaces composed of single-crystalline nanowires of an organic semiconductor are demonstrated by model water striders. Model copper water striders with self-assembled crystalline nanowires on their “legs” can nicely “stand” on the surface of water. 1.0 mg of such nanowires could support a 372 mg model strider, indicating the striking water-repellent ability of the model legs (see image).

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