Compound Microstructures and Wax Layer of Beetle Elytral Surfaces and Their Influence on Wetting Properties

@article{Sun2012CompoundMA,
  title={Compound Microstructures and Wax Layer of Beetle Elytral Surfaces and Their Influence on Wetting Properties},
  author={Mingxia Sun and A. Liang and G. Watson and J. Watson and Y. Zheng and L. Jiang},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2012},
  volume={7}
}
  • Mingxia Sun, A. Liang, +3 authors L. Jiang
  • Published 2012
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • A beetles’ first line of defense against environmental hazards is their mesothoracic elytra – rigid, protective forewings. In order to study the interaction of these wings with water, the surface microstructures of various beetles’ elytra were observed by Environment Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Chemistry components were ascertained using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). All the beetles of various habitats (including desert, plant, dung, land and… CONTINUE READING
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