The complex structure of the Salvinia molesta is investigated via rare event molecular dynamics simulations. Results show that a hydrophilic/hydrophobic patterning together with a re-entrant geometry control the free energy barriers for bubble nucleation and for the Cassie-Wenzel transition. This natural paradigm is translated into simple macroscopic design criteria for engineering robust superhydrophobicity in submerged applications.

Unraveling the Salvinia Paradox: Design Principles for Submerged Superhydrophobicity / Amabili, Matteo; Giacomello, Alberto; Meloni, Simone; Casciola, Carlo Massimo. - In: ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES. - ISSN 2196-7350. - STAMPA. - 2:14(2015). [10.1002/admi.201500248]

Unraveling the Salvinia Paradox: Design Principles for Submerged Superhydrophobicity

AMABILI, MATTEO;GIACOMELLO, ALBERTO
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MELONI, Simone;CASCIOLA, Carlo Massimo
2015

Abstract

The complex structure of the Salvinia molesta is investigated via rare event molecular dynamics simulations. Results show that a hydrophilic/hydrophobic patterning together with a re-entrant geometry control the free energy barriers for bubble nucleation and for the Cassie-Wenzel transition. This natural paradigm is translated into simple macroscopic design criteria for engineering robust superhydrophobicity in submerged applications.
2015
Cassie-Wenzel transition; rare event methods; Salvinia paradox; submerged surfaces; superhydrophobicity; mechanical engineering; mechanics of materials
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Unraveling the Salvinia Paradox: Design Principles for Submerged Superhydrophobicity / Amabili, Matteo; Giacomello, Alberto; Meloni, Simone; Casciola, Carlo Massimo. - In: ADVANCED MATERIALS INTERFACES. - ISSN 2196-7350. - STAMPA. - 2:14(2015). [10.1002/admi.201500248]
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