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IJAT Vol.10 No.1 p. 3
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2016.p0003
(2016)

Editorial:

Special Issue on Texturing Processes and Attainable Functionalities

Nobuyuki Moronuki

Online released:
January 4, 2016
Published:
January 5, 2016

Regular micro/nanostructures or textures provide such functions as optical or friction properties, but neither texture design nor the texturing process has been well developed. Functional texture is often inspired by natural designs, with the microstructure on the surface of lotus leaves or the nanostructure on the bottoms of geckos’ feet often cited as examples. “Biomimetic” has become a keyword in state-of-the-art technologies. Processes are also important because functional textures require a wide range of structural dimensions, from nanometers to micrometers. Top-down processes such as cutting or energy beam processing are often used and are based on the copying principle. Bottom-up processes include the self-assembly of particles and the anodic oxidation of aluminum. As the principle behind bottom-up processes is completely different from that behind top-down processes, special attention is warranted. Furthermore, material deposition can effect drastic changes in surface functionality. This special issue features nine papers, including eight studies and one review paper, classified into the following topics:
– Biomimetic design of functions
– Top-down or cutting texturing processes
– Bottom-up or self-organization texturing processes
– Measurement system for textures
– Optical applications
– Optical applications
– Adhesive applications
– Biomedical applications
These papers present the latest advances in texturing processes, functional design, and realization or demonstration. Learning more about these advances will enable readers toshare their knowledge and experience in technologies, development, and potential texturing applications. In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the authors and reviewers for their interesting and enlightening contributions to this special issue.

Cite this article as:
Nobuyuki Moronuki, “Special Issue on Texturing Processes and Attainable Functionalities,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.10, No.1, p. 3, 2016.
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