Hot Article: Grabbing water

Inspired by floating flowers, a passive pipetting mechanism allows for water to be grabbed with a flexible solid.

Graphical abstract: Grabbing waterThe technique was developed by a team led by Pedro Reis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and co-workers in USA and France. The passive pipetting mechanism relies purely on the coupling of the elasticity of thin plates and the hydrodynamic forces at the liquid interface. By developing a theoretical model the team were able to design petal-shaped objects with maximum grabbing capacity.

Interested to know more? Read the full paper here: Pedro M. Reis, Jérémy Hure, Sungwan Jung, John W. M. Bush and Christophe Clanet, Soft Matter, 2010, DOI:10.1039/C0SM00895H

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