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Research Article

Compound Microstructures and Wax Layer of Beetle Elytral Surfaces and Their Influence on Wetting Properties

  • Mingxia Sun,

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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  • Aiping Liang mail,

    zhengym@buaa.edu.cn (YZ); liangap@ioz.ac.cn (LJ)

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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  • Gregory S. Watson,

    Affiliations: Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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  • Jolanta A. Watson,

    Affiliations: Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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  • Yongmei Zheng mail,

    zhengym@buaa.edu.cn (YZ); liangap@ioz.ac.cn (LJ)

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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  • Lei Jiang

    Affiliation: Center of Molecular Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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  • Published: October 04, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046710

About the Authors

Mingxia Sun, Aiping Liang
Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Gregory S. Watson, Jolanta A. Watson
Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Gregory S. Watson, Jolanta A. Watson
School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Yongmei Zheng
Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Lei Jiang
Center of Molecular Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Performed the experiments: MS YZ. Analyzed the data: MS AL GSW JAW YZ LJ. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AL LJ. Wrote the paper: MS AL GSW JAW.