Biophysics: Water-repellent legs of water striders

  title={Biophysics: Water-repellent legs of water striders},
  author={Xuefeng Gao and Lei Jiang},
Water striders (Gerris remigis) have remarkable non-wetting legs that enable them to stand effortlessly and move quickly on water, a feature believed to be due to a surface-tension effect caused by secreted wax. We show here, however, that it is the special hierarchical structure of the legs, which are covered by large numbers of oriented tiny hairs (microsetae) with fine nanogrooves, that is more important in inducing this water resistance. 
Highly Cited
This paper has 473 citations. REVIEW CITATIONS

From This Paper

Figures and tables from this paper.


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 206 extracted citations

Enhanced load-carrying capacity of hairy surfaces floating on water.

Proceedings. Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences • 2014
View 5 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Biomimetics: lessons from nature--an overview.

Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences • 2009
View 2 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

473 Citations

Citations per Year
Semantic Scholar estimates that this publication has 473 citations based on the available data.

See our FAQ for additional information.

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…