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Overview of the exhibit

Nature's Raincoats was part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009 that took place from Tuesday 30th June 2009 to Saturday 4th July 2009 at The Royal Society. The exhibit was one of 21 exhibits selected from 103 proposals on the basis of scientific quality and novelty, and attractiveness in promoting Science to the general public, post-16 students, policy makers, and the press. The exhibit was based on research at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Oxford on bio-inspired super water-repellent surfaces, and was presented as a collaborative public understanding of science exhibition.

The exhibit provided a glimpse into the natural world of super water repellency, a feel for the droplet shedding and self-cleaning capability of smart surfaces, an understanding of the sound of pressure and a peek at future technological possibilities.

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Selected Scientific References

H. Kusumaatmaja and J.M. Yeomans,
Modelling contact angle hysteresis on chemically patterned and superhydrophobic surfaces,
Langmuir 23 (2007) 956. Via arXiv

N.J. Shirtcliffe, F.B. Pyatt, M.I. Newton and G. McHale,
A lichen protected by a superhydrophobic and breathable structure,
J. Plant Physiol. 163 (11) (2006) 1193-1197. View postprint pdf

P. Roach, N.J. Shirtcliffe and M.I. Newton,
Progress in superhydrophobic surface development,
Soft Matter 4 (2) (2008) 224-240. View postprint pdf