Bioinspired Fibers: Large-Scale Fabrication of Bioinspired Fibers for Directional Water Collection (Small 24/2011)

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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  • Ruize Sun,

    1. Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University (BUAA), 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 (ICCAS), Beijing, 100190, P.R. China
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, P.R. China
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  • Xi Yao,

    1. College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012, P.R. China
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  • Yongmei Zheng,

    Corresponding author
    1. Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, 100191, P.R. China
    • Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, 100191, 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 (ICCAS), Beijing, 100190, P.R. China
    • Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing, 100190, P.R. China.
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Abstract

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Large-scale fabrication of inexpensive and durable bioinspired fibers is realized by a fluid-coating method, which may be a feasible solution to the global water shortage problem. With the formation of spindle-knots on nylon fibers due to the Rayleigh instability, the as-prepared bioinspired fibers have the ability to directionally collect water from fog, which is similar to that of the natural spider silks.

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