Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Inside Cover: Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (F-POSS) (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 22/2008)
The lotus leaf obtains its superhydrophobic properties from the presence of both microscopic and nanoscopic roughness on the leaf surface. A fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (FD-POSS) forms a molecular package with similar nanoscopic surface roughness. J. M. Mabry, A. Vij et al. report in their Communication on page 4137 ff. on what is probably the most hydrophobic crystalline compound known. Leaf photographs: William Thielicke and Yves Rubin.