Introduction

Lianbin Zhang, Peng Wang

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Abstract

With the development of modern industry and modern economies, environmental problems, especially water pollution and water scarcity, have become the most serious global challenges. In dealing with these challenges, various kinds of functionalized materials and devices are purposefully developed, fabricated, and utilized. It is clear that smart materials have not only provided effective strategies for solving environmental problems, but have also exhibited unprecedented advantages over traditional materials by integrating multifunctions and/or processes into one advanced device/material. In this book, we will present a broad collection of bioinspired smart materials and systems that are used in environmental problem solving. The topics of these chapters span from bioinspired fog collection, self-healing materials, responsive particle-stabilized emulsions, smart draw solutions in forward osmosis, slippery coating, insightful analysis of problems and opportunities for hydrophobic surfaces applied in real conditions, to superwetting materials for oil-water separation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIonic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMCs)
Subtitle of host publicationSmart Multi-Functional Materials and Artificial Muscles, Volume 2
EditorsPeng Wang
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
Edition20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRSC Smart Materials
Number20
Volume2016-January
ISSN (Print)2046-0066
ISSN (Electronic)2046-0074

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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