Nature’s pipettes

Flower pipetteA pipetting method that mimics the way flowers protect themselves from water damage could find its way into restaurants, say US and French scientists. 

Flowers in aquatic environments have a flood defence mechanism. When they are submerged in water, the petals fold over to form a capsule, trapping an air bubble within, protecting the genetic material. Pedro Reis and his colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech and Paris Tech recreated this phenomenon using a petal-shaped vinylpolysiloxane film that they cast and cut to achieve the required stiffness…

Read the full news article in Highlights in Chemical Technology by Yuandi Li here:  

The original research article published in Soft Matter can be found here: Pedro M. Reis, Jérémy Hure, Sungwan Jung, John W. M. Bush and Christophe Clanet, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 5705 DOI: 10.1039/c0sm00895h

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