The Condensation of Water on Adsorbed Viruses

J.M. Alonso Carnicero, F. Tatti, A. Chuvilin, K. Mam, T. Ondarcuhu, A.M. Bittner

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The wetting and dewetting behavior of biological nanostructures and to a greater degree single molecules is not well-known even though their contact with water is the basis for all biology. Here, we show that environmental electron microscopy (EM) can be applied as a means of imaging the condensation of water onto viruses. We captured the formation of submicrometer water droplets and filaments on single viral particles by environmental EM and by environmental transmission EM. The condensate structures are compatible with capillary condensation between adsorbed virus particles and with known droplet shapes on patterned surfaces. Our results confirm that such droplets exist down to
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14580-14587
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • scanning-electron-microscopy
  • surfaces
  • wet
  • morphologies
  • diffraction
  • droplets
  • dynamics
  • liquids


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