|Title||Smart water channelling through dual wettability by leaves of the bamboo Phyllostachys aurea|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Wigzell, JM, Racovita, RC, Stentiford, BG, Wilson, M, Harris, MT, Fletcher, IW, Mosquin, DPK, Justice, D, Beaumont, SK, Jetter, R, Badyal, JPS|
|Journal||Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects|
|Pagination||344 - 355|
Abstract The young leaves of the bamboo plant, Phyllostachys aurea, exhibit a distinct dual wetting behaviour on their adaxial surface. Contact angle analysis, variable pressure (environmental) scanning electron microscopy, gas chromatography, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy have shown that the epicuticular wax morphology/topography and the surface distribution of chemical species underpin this water-channelling behaviour. Envisaged bioinspired applications include fog and dew harvesting in water-scarce regions of the world.