Biomimetic surface modifications for industrial applications
The EU-funded LaBionicS project aims to bring a laser processing approach for recently developed biomimetic surface texturing to the market. This approach enables the formation of functional micro- and nano- textures that mimic the skin structures of various animals and insects. The project applies advanced laser-processing strategies to mimic the specific topography of the outer protective layer, the integument, of bark bugs, sharks, butterfly wings, and moisture harvesting lizards. These nano-features are important for functionalising the surface in potential engineering applications relevant to directional fluid transport, drag and friction reduction, self-cleaning, water-repelling, antibacterial protection, and many other applications.
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