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Researchers from Tokyo University of Science Report Findings in Molecular Biology

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Life Science Research. According to news reporting out of Chiba, Japan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The lotus plant is recognized as a 'King plant' among all the natural water repellent plants due to its excellent non-wettability. The superhydrophobic surfaces exhibiting the famous 'Lotus Effect', along with extremely high water contact angle (>150) and low sliding angle (

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Tokyo University of Science, "Since 1997, especially after the exploration of the surface micro/nanostructure and chemical composition of the lotus leaves by the two German botanists Barthlott and Neinhuis, many kinds of superhydrophobic surfaces mimicking the lotus leaf-like structure have been widely reported in the literature. This review article briefly describes the different wetting properties of the natural superhydrophobic lotus leaves and also provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art discussion on the extensive research carried out in the field of artificial superhydrophobic surfaces which are developed by mimicking the lotus leaf-like dual scale micro/nanostructure."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This review article could be beneficial for both novice researchers in this area as well as the scientists who are currently working on non-wettable, superhydrophobic surfaces."

For more information on this research see: Superhydrophobic surfaces developed by mimicking hierarchical surface morphology of lotus leaf. Molecules, 2014;19(4):4256-83. (Springer -; Molecules -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.S. Latthe, Photocatalysis International Research Center, Research Institute for Science & Technology, Tokyo University of Science, Noda, Chiba 278-8510, Japan. Additional authors for this research include C. Terashima, K. Nakata and A. Fujishima (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Chiba, Japan, Life Science Research.

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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