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Bioinspired Hierarchical-Structured Surfaces for Green Science and Technology


Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Lotus Effect

  3. Salvinia Effect

  4. Rose Petal Effect

  5. Oleophobic/Oleophilic Surfaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
  6. Shark Skin Effect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
  7. Gecko Adhesion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Bharat Bhushan
      Pages 269-337
    3. Bharat Bhushan
      Pages 339-340
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 341-350

About this book


This book presents an overview of the general field of biomimetics - lessons from nature. It presents various examples of biomimetics, including roughness-induced superomniphobic surfaces which provide functionality of commercial interest. The major focus in the book is on lotus effect, rose petal effect, shark skin effect, and gecko adhesion.  For each example, the book first presents characterization of an object to understand how a natural object provides functionality, followed by modeling and then fabrication of structures in the lab using nature’s route to verify one’s understanding of nature and provide guidance for development of optimum structures. Once it is understood how nature does it, examples of fabrication of optimum structures using smart materials and fabrication techniques, are presented. Examples of nature inspired objects are also presented throughout.


adhesion aquatic animals biomimetics gecko feet lotus effect plants rose petal self-cleaning shark skin superhydrophobicity superoleophobicity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- &The Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHUSA

About the authors

Bharat Bhushan is Ohio Eminent Scholar and The Howard D. Winbigler Professor at the College of Engineering, and Director of the Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics (NLB2) at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He authored 6 scientific books, more than 90 handbook chapters, more than 700 scientific papers (h factor – 42+), and more than 60 scientific reports, edited more than 45 books, and holds 17 U.S. and foreign patents. Bharat Bhusan received numerous prestigious awards and international fellowships including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for Senior Scientists, Max Planck Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Foreign Scientists, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. He worked for various research labs including IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA.

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