Temperature-triggered collection and release of water from fogs by a sponge-like cotton fabric

Helen Yang, Haijin Zhu, Marco M.R.M. Hendrix, Niek J.H.G.M. Lousberg, Gijsbertus De With, A. Catarina C. Esteves, John Haozhong Xin

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A sponge-like cotton fabric autonomously collects and releases water from fogs triggered by typical day-and-night temperature variations. The reversible switching between absorbing-superhydrophilic/releasing-superhydrophobic states results from structural changes of a temperature-responsive polymer grafted on the very rough fabric-surface. This material and concept presents a breakthrough into simple and versatile solutions for collection, uni-directional flow, and purification of water captured from the atmosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1150-1154
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2013


  • fabrics
  • temperature-responsive
  • water collection
  • wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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