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How plants keep dry:  A physicist's point of view


Herminghaus,  S.
Group Granular matter and irreversibility, Department of Dynamics of Complex Fluids, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Otten, A., & Herminghaus, S. (2004). How plants keep dry:  A physicist's point of view. Langmuir, 20(6), 2405-2408. doi:10.1021/la034961d.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-7F7E-4
This work describes the investigation of the physical basis of the amazing water repellence of some plant leaves, which is in addition to self-cleaning properties known as the “Lotus effect”. Two rather different possible mechanisms are proposed, which are suggested to cover the main physics in a majority of superhydrophobic systems. These concepts are illustrated with two different types of plant leaves as well as a model surface carrying carbon nanotube aggregates.