Plastron properties of a superhydrophobic surface

Shirtcliffe, N.J., McHale, G., Newton, M.I. ORCID: 0000-0003-4231-1002, Perry, C.C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1517-468X and Pyatt, A.J., 2006. Plastron properties of a superhydrophobic surface. Applied Physics Letters, 89 (10). ISSN 0003-6951


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Most insects and spiders drown when submerged during flooding or tidal inundation, but some are able to survive and others can remain submerged indefinitely without harm. Many achieve this by natural adaptations to their surface morphology to trap films of air, creating plastrons which fix the water-vapor interface and provide an incompressible oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange surface. Here we demonstrate how the surface of an extremely water-repellent foam mimics this mechanism of underwater respiration and allows direct extraction of oxygen from aerated water. The biomimetic principle demonstrated can be applied to a wide variety of man-made superhydrophobic materials.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Post-print
Publication Title: Applied Physics Letters
Creators: Shirtcliffe, N.J., McHale, G., Newton, M.I., Perry, C.C. and Pyatt, A.J.
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Place of Publication: Melville, NY
Date: 2006
Volume: 89
Number: 10
ISSN: 0003-6951
Rights: Copyright ©2006 American Institute of Physics
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:08

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