WHEN NATURE SHOWS US THE WAY

A lot of interest has been shown in mimicking Nature. Fauna and the Flora have developed uncountable mechanisms to overcome predator attacks or harsh weather for instance. By reproducing these mechanisms it becomes possible to create extremely high-performance fibers and materials such silk-spun fibers that are based on proteins from spiders. Another very interesting phenomenon is the hyper-hydrophobicity of lotus leaves known as the Lotus Leaf Effect. The lotus leaves have a rough surface with a high surface tension that causes the droplets to become perfectly round. Therefore the droplets will not adhere on the leaf. At the same time the adhesion force between the droplet and the surface of the leaf are very low which create the shelf cleaning part of the lotus leaf effect as demonstrate in the schematic below.

lotus leaf effect

lotus leaf effect

By assisting to the International Symposium Fiber Interfacing the World in Clemson, SC, Nicca could increase its understanding of the last innovations in the textile and fiber industries.

About Magali Brown

Magali is from Carcassonne, France. She has her master’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in textile and chemicals for textile. She spent 6 years in Fukui, Japan where she obtained her Ph.D. in amenity fiber from the University of Fukui. After obtaining her Ph.D. Magali began working for NICCA Chemical in Japan. After 6 months she relocated to NICCA USA, Inc. where she has been for the past 2 ½ years. Her current role is New Product Development Supervisor where she works closely with customers to meet their needs and requirements. Two main areas of focus are using exciting products and/or custom developments to meet customer’s processes and performance. She is a member of AATCC and is part of their flammability committee. She lives with her husband and their handsome baby boy born earlier this year.
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