Selected Oil-Water Separation Techniques—Lessons from Living Nature

  • Bharat BhushanEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 299)


Species exist in living nature which either attract or repel water in air, and some are oil repellant underwater. By using nature’s inspiration, porous bioinspired surfaces can be fabricated which provide a combination of water and oil repellency and affinity. These surfaces can be used for oil-water separation and water purification (Bhushan in Biomimetics: bioinspired hierarchical-structured surfaces for green science and technology. Springer International, Cham, 2018; Phil Trans R Soc, 377:20180274, 201901202019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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