Special Issue "Micro- and Nano-Structured Bio-Inspired Surfaces"
A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2017).
Interests: contact mechanics; tribology; wetting and interfaces; applied computational mathematics; automotive systems engineering; rheology of materials
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Interaction on contact between two surfaces, either in dry or wet conditions, plays a major role in a large number of physical phenomena and engineering devices. Examples are reversible adhesives, protective coatings, low friction, and self-cleaning surfaces. In all these cases, the geometry, chemistry, and physics of the surface morphology play a fundamental role in determining the real behaviour of the interface. Notwithstanding the real complexity of contact phenomena, nature has learned how to tune surface morphology, chemistry, and physics to find optimal solutions. We have all been amazed at how certain lizards and many insects (ants, bees, cockroaches and grasshoppers) are able to walk on walls and ceilings. This ability is even more wondrous when we note that these surfaces can be as rough as a cinderblock wall or a smooth glass window. However, there are many other examples: the ultra-phobic surfaces of water striders (Gerris remigis) foot pads, the self-cleaning properties of Lotus leaves, or, rather, the super-low friction properties of shark skin.
However, just mimicking nature is not as simple as it seems, and understanding the key mechanisms behind the superb tribological properties of micro- and nano-structured surfaces is the real breakthrough for the successful engineering design of artificial surfaces with superlative tribological properties.
These emergent novel applications have drawn the attention of a larger and interdisciplinary scientific community, involving expertise from fields such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a forum and a survey for the most recent advances in the field of micro- nano-structured surfaces addressing the challenges in modern engineering applications.
We invite authors to submit original research and review articles, which stimulate the continuing efforts to understand and improve the knowledge in this field.
Dr. Giuseppe Carbone
Manuscript Submission Information
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