Bioinspired Interfacial Materials with Enhanced Drop Mobility: From Fundamentals to Multifunctional Applications

Chonglei Hao, Yahua Liu, Xuemei Chen, Jing Li, Mei Zhang, Yanhua Zhao, Zuankai Wang

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Abstract

The development of bioinspired interfacial materials with enhanced drop mobility that mimic the innate functionalities of nature will have a significant impact on the energy, environment and global healthcare. Despite extensive progress, state of the art interfacial materials have not reached the level of maturity sufficient for industrial applications in terms of scalability, stability, and reliability. These are complicated by their operating environments and lack of facile approaches to control the local structural texture and chemical composition at multiple length scales. The recent advances in the fundamental understanding are reviewed, as well as practical applications of bioinspired interfacial materials, with an emphasis on the drop bouncing and coalescence-induced jumping behaviors. Perspectives on how to catalyze new discoveries and to foster technological adoption to move this exciting area forward are also suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1825-1839
Number of pages15
JournalSmall
Volume12
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • anti-icing
  • bioinspired materials
  • condensation
  • drop mobility
  • superhydrophobic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomaterials
  • Materials Science(all)

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