Mimicking the nanostructure of bamboo leaves (backside) for hydrophobicity using polydimethylsiloxane moulding and nano-lmprint lithography

Jaeyeon Hwang, Sung Hoon Hong, Heon Lee

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Extensive studies have revealed that various kinds of plant leaf have a hydrophobic property which arises from the micro- and nano-scale structure of the leaves. As the self-cleaning capability of plant leaves, termed the lotus effect, is based on their micro- and nano-scale structure, this hydrophobic property can be obtained on various other surfaces by duplication of the leaves' structure. In this study, the hydrophobic structure on bamboo leaves {Pseudosasa japonica) was successfully replicated on a glass substrate using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molding technique and UV nanoim-print lithography. The replicated nano structure, made of perfluorinated acrylate imprint resin, was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and its hydrophobicity was evaluated by contact angle measurements which confirmed that the hydrophobic nature and self-cleaning capability of the original bamboo leaves were also replicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3644-3647
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun 1



  • Biomimetics
  • Lotus effect
  • Nano-lmprint lithography (NIL)
  • PDMS mold
  • Superhydrophobicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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