Artifi cal Spider Silk: Direction Controlled Driving of Tiny Water Drops on Bioinspired Artificial Spider Silks (Adv. Mater. 48/2010)

Authors

  • Hao Bai,

    1. National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, 100190 (P. R. China)
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049 (P. R. China)
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  • Xuelin Tian,

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

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, 100191 (P. R. China)
    • School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, 100191 (P. R. China).
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  • Jie Ju,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190 (P. R. China)
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049 (P. R. China)
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  • Yong Zhao,

    1. Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), 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 (BNLMS), Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190 (P. R. China)
    • Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), 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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The cover shows bio-inspired artificial spider silks with periodic spindle-knots (in pure white color) in humid air. Tiny water drops collect in controlled directions, forming large shiny water drops covering the spindle-knots. The ability to control the direction of fluid motion is critical for various applications, as reported by Lei Jiang and co-workers on p. 5521.

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