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Functional surface microstructures inspired by nature – from adhesion and wetting principles to sustainable new devices

  • In the course of evolution nature has arrived at startling materials solutions to ensure survival. Investigations into biological surfaces, ranging from plants, insects and geckos to aquatic animals, have inspired the design of intricate surface patterns to create useful functionalities. This paper reviews the fundamental interaction mechanisms of such micropatterns with liquids, solids, and soft matter such as skin for control of wetting, self-cleaning, anti-fouling, adhesion, skin adherence, and sensing. Compared to conventional chemical strategies, the paradigm of micropatterning enables solutions with superior resource efficiency and sustainability. Associated applications range from water management and robotics to future health monitoring devices. We finally provide an overview of the relevant patterning methods as an appendix.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Eduard ArztORCiD, Haocheng QuanORCiD, Robert M. McMeekingORCiD, René HenselORCiD
Parent Title (English):Progress in materials science
First Page:100823
Year of first Publication:2021
Release Date:2022/08/10
Tag:adhesion; bioinspiration; micropatterning; microstructure; wetting
Impact:48.165 (2021)
Funding Information:European Research Council (ERC) (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Advanced Grant Agreement No. 340929; European Union’s Horizon 2020 (Grant Agreement No. 842613 and Grant Agreement No. 790559); The Leibniz Association MUSIGAND; Humboldt Foundation
Groups:Funktionelle Mikrostrukturen
DDC classes:500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 570 Biowissenschaften, Biologie
Open Access:Open Access
Signature:INM 2021/021
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International