Advanced Materials

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22_21/2010Superhydrophobic Coatings: The Salvinia Paradox: Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Hydrophilic Pins for Air Retention Under Water (Adv. Mater. 21/2010)

The cover shows the sophisticated surface design of the floating water fern Salvinia. The unique surface architecture is composed of complex hydrophobic eggbeater-shaped hairs with hydrophilic terminal cells. The evenly distributed hydrophilic patches stabilize the air layer by pinning the air/water interface in place. The paradox combination of hydrophilic patches on superhydrophobic surfaces (the “Salvinia Effect”) provides an innovative concept for smart biomimetic surfaces in maritime coatings and underwater applications, as reported by Wilhelm Barthlott, Thomas Schimmel, and co-workers on p. 2325.

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