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The deposition and controlled flow of continuous thin liquid film droplets on surfaces containing complex microscale surface patterning (either man-made or naturally occurring) plays a key part in numerous engineering and biologically related fields. For example, in an engineering context, complex surface patterning is present in processes involving printing/photolithography  and the application of precision protective coatings ; in biological systems they occur in such diverse areas as plant disease control , in redistribution of lung linings in respiratory systems , and in sustaining life itself, as in the unusual case of the Namibian desert beetle which drinks by harvesting morning mists  -- the mist condenses on hydrophilic bumps on its upper surface to form larger droplets which then roll down waxy hydrophobic channels between the bumps to reach the beetle's mouth.
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|Institution:||The University of Leeds|
|Academic Units:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Mechanical Engineering (Leeds) > Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces & Interfaces (iETSI) (Leeds)|
|Depositing User:||Mrs Fiona Slade|
|Date Deposited:||07 Jan 2009 16:25|
|Last Modified:||18 Sep 2016 23:27|