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Gaskell, P.H.; Lee, Y.C.; Thompson, H.M.; Emerson, D.R.; Gu, X.J.
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The deposition and controlled flow of continuous thin\ud liquid film droplets on surfaces containing complex microscale\ud surface patterning (either man-made or naturally\ud occurring) plays a key part in numerous engineering and\ud biologically related fields. For example, in an engineering\ud context, complex surface patterning is present in processes\ud involving printing/photolithography [1] and the application\ud of precision protective coatings [2]; in biological systems\ud they occur in such diverse areas as plant disease control [3],\ud in redistribution of lung linings in respiratory systems [4],\ud and in sustaining life itself, as in the unusual case of the\ud Namibian desert beetle which drinks by harvesting morning mists [5] -- the mist condenses on hydrophilic\ud bumps on its upper surface to form larger droplets which\ud then roll down waxy hydrophobic channels between the\ud bumps to reach the beetle's mouth.
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