Bioinspired Directional Surfaces for Adhesion, Wetting and Transport

Adv Funct Mater. 2012 Jun 6;22(11):2223-2234. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201103017. Epub 2012 Mar 13.


In Nature, directional surfaces on insect cuticle, animal fur, bird feathers, and plant leaves are comprised of dual micro-nanoscale features that tune roughness and surface energy. This feature article summarizes experimental and theoretical approaches for the design, synthesis and characterization of new bioinspired surfaces demonstrating unidirectional surface properties. The experimental approaches focus on bottom-up and top-down synthesis methods of unidirectional micro- and nanoscale films to explore and characterize their anomalous features. The theoretical component of the review focuses on computational tools to predict the physicochemical properties of unidirectional surfaces.

Keywords: Biomimetics; Nanostructures; Polymeric Material; Superhydrophobic/philic Surfaces; Surface Modification.