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Sasha Pechook and Boaz Pokroy Self-Assembling, Bioinspired Wax Crystalline Surfaces with Time-Dependent Wettability Advanced Functional Materials 22

Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201101721

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Bioinspired wax films exhibit time-dependent nanostructure evolution that includes strain release and a nanoroughness increase. Nanoroughness evolution leads to time-dependent wettability changes, from hydrophobic to superhydrophobic. The mechanism for the nano-roughness increase is most likely recrystallization induced by residual strain that develops during the rapid film formation. This provides a basis for the production of tuned, time-dependent, temperature-sensitive material surfaces with changeable wettability.

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