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Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

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DATASET 0 Reads 0 Citations The Self Assembly of Superhydrophobic Copper Thiolate Films on Copper in Thiol Solutions Martyn Whitley, Michael Newton, Glen McHale, Neil Shirtcliff... Published: 01 January 2016
nano Online, doi: 10.1515/nano.0048.00060
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Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Plastron Respiration Using Commercial Fabrics Shaun Atherton, Joseph C. Brennan, Joshua D.E. Smith, Christ... Published: 16 January 2014
Materials, doi: 10.3390/ma7010484
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A variety of insect and arachnid species are able to remain submerged in water indefinitely using plastron respiration. A plastron is a surface-retained film of air produced by surface morphology that acts as an oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange surface. Many highly water repellent and hydrophobic surfaces when placed in water exhibit a silvery sheen which is characteristic of a plastron. In this article, the hydrophobicity of a range of commercially available water repellent fabrics and polymer membranes is investigated, and how the surface of the materials mimics this mechanism of underwater respiration is demonstrated allowing direct extraction of oxygen from oxygenated water. The coverage of the surface with the plastron air layer was measured using confocal microscopy. A zinc/oxygen cell is used to consume oxygen within containers constructed from the different membranes, and the oxygen consumed by the cell is compared to the change in oxygen concentration as measured by an oxygen probe. By comparing the membranes to an air-tight reference sample, it was found that the membranes facilitated oxygen transfer from the water into the container, with the most successful membrane showing a 1.90:1 ratio between the cell oxygen consumption and the change in concentration within the container.
Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Assembl y of Poly-3-Hexylthiophene Nano-Crystallites into Low Dimensional Structures Using Indandione Derivatives Nicolas Cheval, Valdis Kampars, Clifford Fowkes, Neil Shirtc... Published: 01 February 2013
Nanomaterials, doi: 10.3390/nano3010107
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Conductive polymer poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) needles were self-assembled using a second component (indandione derivatives) as a linking agent to enhance their long range alignment. The morphologies of the hybrid organic/organic materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Both linear and branched structures could be produced, with the degree of branching depending upon the linker used. Incorporation of indandione derivatives broadened the UV absorbance band of P3HT without significant change to its photoluminescence. This hybrid material could open a promising avenue in photovoltaic applications due to its interesting morphologies and optical properties.
Article 4 Reads 4 Citations Wet Adhesion and Adhesive Locomotion of Snails on Anti-Adhesive Non-Wetting Surfaces Neil J. Shirtcliffe, Michael I. Newton, Glen McHale Published: 31 May 2012
PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036983
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Creating surfaces capable of resisting liquid-mediated adhesion is extremely difficult due to the strong capillary forces that exist between surfaces. Land snails use this to adhere to and traverse across almost any type of solid surface of any orientation (horizontal, vertical or inverted), texture (smooth, rough or granular) or wetting property (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) via a layer of mucus. However, the wetting properties that enable snails to generate strong temporary attachment and the effectiveness of this adhesive locomotion on modern super-slippy superhydrophobic surfaces are unclear. Here we report that snail adhesion overcomes a wide range of these microscale and nanoscale topographically structured non-stick surfaces. For the one surface which we found to be snail resistant, we show that the effect is correlated with the wetting response of the surface to a weak surfactant. Our results elucidate some critical wetting factors for the design of anti-adhesive and bio-adhesion resistant surfaces.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation The Self Assembly of Superhydrophobic Copper Thiolate Films on Copper in Thiol Solutions Martyn Whitley, Michael Newton, Glen McHale, Neil James Shir... Published: 01 March 2012
Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, doi: 10.1524/zpch.2012.0140
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Article 3 Reads 6 Citations Passive water control at the surface of a superhydrophobic lichen Christopher A. E. Hamlett, Neil James Shirtcliffe, F. Brian ... Published: 23 July 2011
Planta, doi: 10.1007/s00425-011-1475-z
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