Influence of cuticle nanostructuring on the wetting behaviour/states on cicada wings

Sun, Mingxia, Liang, Aiping, Watson, Gregory S,, Watson, Jolanta A., Zheng, Yongmei, Ju, Jie, and Jiang, Lei (2012) Influence of cuticle nanostructuring on the wetting behaviour/states on cicada wings. PLoS One, 7 (4). e35056. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

The nanoscale protrusions of different morphologies on wing surfaces of four cicada species were examined under an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). The water contact angles (CAs) of the wing surfaces were measured along with droplet adhesion values using a high-sensitivity microelectromechanical balance system. The water CA and adhesive force measurements obtained were found to relate to the nanostructuring differences of the four species. The adhesive forces in combination with the Cassie-Baxter and Wenzel approximations were used to predict wetting states of the insect wing cuticles. The more disordered and inhomogeneous surface of the species Leptopsalta bifuscata demonstrated a Wenzel type wetting state or an intermediate state of spreading and imbibition with a CA of 81.3 degrees and high adhesive force of 149.5 mu N. Three other species (Cryptotympana atrata, Meimuna opalifer and Aola bindusara) exhibited nanostructuring of the form of conically shaped protrusions, which were spherically capped. These surfaces presented a range of high adhesional values; however, the CAs were highly hydrophobic (C. atrata and A. bindusara) and in some cases close to superhydrophobic (M. opalifer). The wetting states of A. bindusara, C. atrata and M. opalifer (based on adhesion and CAs) are most likely represented by the transitional region between the Cassie-Baxter and Wenzel approximations to varying degrees.

Item ID: 23027
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Funders: Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Basic Research Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 06:02
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0399 Other Chemical Sciences > 039999 Chemical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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