Anisotropic wetting surfaces with one-dimensional and directional structures: fabrication approaches, wetting properties and potential applications.


Journal Article (Review)

This review article provides a brief summary of recent research progress on anisotropic wetting on one-dimensional (1D) and directionally patterned surfaces, as well as the technical importance in various applications. Inspiration from natural structures exhibiting anisotropic wetting behavior is first discussed. Development of fabrication techniques for topographically and chemically 1D patterned surfaces and directional nanomaterials are then reviewed, with emphasis on anisotropic behavior with topographically (structurally) patterned surfaces. The basic investigation of anisotropic wetting behavior and theoretical simulations for anisotropic wetting are also further reviewed. Perspectives concerning future direction of anisotropic wetting research and its potential applications in microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip, sensor, microreactor and self-cleaning are presented.

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Cited Authors

  • Xia, D; Johnson, LM; López, GP

Published Date

  • March 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1287 - 1302

PubMed ID

  • 22318857

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22318857

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-4095

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0935-9648

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/adma.201104618


  • eng