Bioinspired Fibers with Controlled Wettability: From Spinning to Application

Rui Shi, Ye Tian, Liqiu Wang

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Our knowledge on spider silks shows the importance of joining heterogeneous structures and surface chemical compositions in preparing fibers, fibrous surfaces, and 3D materials with a controllable wettability. We start our review with spider silk and proceed to the historical development of nature-inspired spinning processes, their products, and their advantages and disadvantages. Relevant wetting states are then summarized in fiber-based systems. Recent applications are reviewed, including one-dimensional spindle-knotted fibers for highly efficient fog harvesting, long-distance transport, and stimulus-responsive wettability and two-dimensional spindle-knotted fibrous systems for water collection, functional surfaces, and filtration. Finally, we offer some perspective on future research trends regarding biomimetic fibers for wetting-controlled engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7907-7930
Number of pages24
JournalACS Nano
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • bioinspired microfiber
  • coating
  • electrospinning
  • microfluidic spinning
  • oil-water separation
  • superhydrophobic surfaces
  • superomniphobic surface
  • water collection
  • wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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