Contact: Kristen Kusek
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard
Caption: The new bioinspired, adaptive material developed by Joanna Aizenberg and her team is a continuous liquid film that coats, and is infused in, an elastic porous substrate. Any deformation of the substrate -- such as stretching -- changes the size of the pores, which causes the liquid surface to change its shape. To date, the research team has demonstrated the ability to dynamically control two key functions with great precision: Transparency and wettability. As shown here, when stretched, the material confers the ability to reversibly "pin" droplets of water -- stopping them in their tracks.
Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
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