Multiscale multi-functional surfaces

Researcher: Stephen Hsu



Our bioinspired materials focus is multiscale, multifunctional surface design and fabrication. Based on lotus leaf, shark skin, and other plants and animals, and using nano- , micro-, macro, and mm-scale fabrication techniques, we design surfaces that potentially can achieve hydrophobicity, omniphobicity, icephobicity, and it also include friction reduction, drag reduction, antifouling, heat transfer control, etc.  We also have research on self-healing and self-repairing of systems and machines.



AFM, dual white light interferometry, FTIR, cryogenic DSC, cryogenic TGA, contact angle, all weather simulation chamber, NIST nanofab facilities.



ABS icephobic project, 450K



  • “Multiscale multi-functional surfaces: design and practice,” Hsu, S., Zhao, F., Patakamuri, G., Invited paper, Proceedings of the 6th Vienna International Conference on Nanotechnology, p5-12, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, November 24-25, 2015.
  • “Design of an integrated multi-scale multi-functional surface” invited paper, Balttrib 2011 Proceedings, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, p. 75-80, 2011.