Nano tools for characterization of Spartina anglica and Marsilea hirsuta – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Nano tools for characterization of Spartina anglica and Marsilea hirsuta

In the late decades scientific interest, especially in biomimetics and material science, is focused on nature and the remarkable ability of some plants and insects to form a gas film when under water, as well as the property of selfcleaning (Lotus effect). These novel characteristics have a numerous of applications on different fields.

Using several techniques, with Spartina anglica (Figure 1) and Marsilea hirsuta as models, the study of a rough and a smoother surface with the same properties, reveal the importance in superhydrophobicity of the surface morphology as well as the presence of wax crystalson them, composed mainly by long carbon chains.

Master thesis defence by Kyriaki Glavina