Bio-inspired, smart, multiscale interfacial materials with super-wettability

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Learning from nature, we revealed that a super-hydrophobic surface needs the cooperation of micro- and nanostructures. Further studies have proved that the arrangement of micro/nano structure can directly affect the water movements. Based on the micro/nano structured interfaces with super-wettability, kinds of basic chemical reactions could be done within a small water drop. Under certain circumstances, a surface wettability can switch between superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity. We recently extended the cooperation concept into 1D system. Artificial ion channels with smart gating properties have been fabricated. The other one dimensional system is the artificial spider's silk and cactus that can collect water from moist air.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2013
PublisherChemical and Biological Microsystems Society
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781632666246
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2013) - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: 27 Oct 201331 Oct 2013
Conference number: 17th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2013)
Abbreviated titleMicroTAS 2013


  • Bio-inspired
  • Interfacial materials
  • Smart
  • Super-wettability

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