In this film "Zoom into a Lotus Leaf," see an up close look at the tiny nanostructures that give the leaf its unique behavior. The Lotus Leaf is a symbol of purity because it appears to be perpetually clean. We now know that its self-cleaning properties are due to its ability to repel water very effectively; it's superhydrophobic. It gets its superhydrophobicity from tiny nanostructures. We start with a normal digital camera and zoom in using increasingly powerful microscopes as we explore this phenomena.
Nature, the master of nanotechnology, has created nanostructures that can repel water. Scientists can use this knowledge to understand how water interacts with nanometer sized objects. This knowledge can and has sparked new innovations in technology and material science.
As a result of viewing this video, viewers will appreciate that nanotechnology can be found in living things like the Lotus Leaf.
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
UC Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science
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