Directed Water Shedding on High-Aspect-Ratio Shape Memory Polymer Micropillar Arrays

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A reconfigurable, droplet-directing surface is developed based on high-aspect-ratio shape-memory polymer (SMP) pillars. The water droplet on the original or recovered SMP pillars can slide off the surface at a finite angle of inclination while being fully pinned on the deformed pillar array. This wettability contrast allows directed water shredding from the straight pillars to the deformed ones.

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