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Water-droplet adhesions of the coatings constructed by all-polymer multiscale hierarchical particles (MHPs) were finely adjusted within the range from highly adhesive to self-cleanable. The MHPs were synthesized via thermal-induced polymerization of the reactants absorbed into self-made hollow reactors and in-situ capping of nanocomplexes onto the reactors' shell simultaneously. The dynamic wettability of the prepared MHPs was tuned between water droplet sliding and water droplet adhering by simply controlling the type of the capped nanocomplexes. Water adhesive force changed in the range from 31.28 to 89.34 μN. In addition, the raspberry-like particles (MHPs without nanocomplex capping) were used to construct superhydrophobic rose petal-like surface with high water adhesive force, which can be applied in microdroplet transportation without loss. The MHPs with appropriate nanocomplex capping were used to fabricate superhydrophobic lotus leaf-like fabric, exhibiting excellent anti-fouling property and superior mechanical stability. We believe that the prepared superhydrophobic MHPs with diverse water adhesive forces are promising in potential academic research and industrial applications.
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Name: ACS applied materials & interfaces
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A plant genus of the family NELUMBONACEAE. The common name of lotus is also for LOTUS and NYMPHAEA.
A plant genus of the family NYMPHAEACEAE. The common name of lotus is also used for LOTUS and NELUMBO.
A tribe of the PEA FAMILY. The genus Lotus, a member of this tribe and formerly known as Tetragonolobus, is unrelated to other plants with the common name of lotus (NELUMBO and NYMPHAEA).
A plant genus of the family FABACEAE. This genus was formerly known as Tetragonolobus. The common name of lotus is also used for NYMPHAEA and NELUMBO.
Materials fabricated by BIOMIMETICS techniques, i.e., based on natural processes found in biological systems.