, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp 1141–1145 | Cite as

Lotus-inspired nanotechnology applications

  • B. Karthick
  • Ramesh Maheshwari
General Article


The water-repellent surface of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) leaf and flower is due to nanosized wax papillae on the upper side of each epidermal cell. As a result, raindrops make a high contact angle with the papillae and roll off carrying dust and dirt particles, leaving the surface clean. This self-cleaning property of highly hydrophobic surfaces, termed as the lotus effect, has opened the possibilities of fabricating superhydrophobic surfaces for a variety of products.


Lotus self-cleaning hydrophobicity nanotechnology 


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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Ecological SciencesIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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