Dr. Arun Kota
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MAE 589 608 Bio-Inspired Surfaces
3 Credit Hours
This course will present and analyze the surfaces of a wide range of biological species, including lotus leaves, rose petals, water striders, arctic spring tails, sharks, desert beetles, and pitcher plant leaves. We will understand the unique surface functionality associated with each of these biological species by examining the roles of surface composition and surface texture. Subsequently, we will discuss how this fundamental understanding can be used to design bio-inspired surfaces for various applications such as spill resistant fabrics, microrobots, stain resistant displays, drag reduction, fog harvesting and de-icing.