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Nepenthespitcher inspired anti-wetting silicone nanofilaments coatings: Preparation, unique anti-wetting and self-cleaning behaviors


Zhang, Junping; Wang, Aiqin; Seeger, Stefan (2014). Nepenthespitcher inspired anti-wetting silicone nanofilaments coatings: Preparation, unique anti-wetting and self-cleaning behaviors. Advanced Functional Materials, 24(8):1074-1080.

Abstract

Nepenthes pitcher inspired anti-wetting coatings, fluoro-SNs/Krytox, are successfully fabricated by the combination of fluoro-silicone nanofilaments (fluoro-SNs) and Krytox liquids, perfluoropolyethers. Fluoro-SNs with different microstructure are grown onto glass slides using trichloromethylsilane by simply repeating the coating step, and then modified with 1H, 1H, 2H, 2H - perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane. Subsequently, the Krytox liquid is spread on the fluoro-SNs coatings via capillary effect. The fluoro-SNs/Krytox coatings feature ultra-low sliding angle for various liquids, excellent stability, and transparency. The sliding speed of liquid drops on the fluoro-SNs/Krytox coating is obviously slower than on the lotus inspired superhydrophobic and superoleophobic coatings, and is controlled by composition of the coating (e.g., morphology of the fluoro-SNs, type of Krytox and its thickness) and properties of the liquid drops (e.g., density and surface tension). In addition, the self-cleaning property of the fluoro-SNs/Krytox coating is closely related to properties of liquid drops and dirt.

Abstract

Nepenthes pitcher inspired anti-wetting coatings, fluoro-SNs/Krytox, are successfully fabricated by the combination of fluoro-silicone nanofilaments (fluoro-SNs) and Krytox liquids, perfluoropolyethers. Fluoro-SNs with different microstructure are grown onto glass slides using trichloromethylsilane by simply repeating the coating step, and then modified with 1H, 1H, 2H, 2H - perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane. Subsequently, the Krytox liquid is spread on the fluoro-SNs coatings via capillary effect. The fluoro-SNs/Krytox coatings feature ultra-low sliding angle for various liquids, excellent stability, and transparency. The sliding speed of liquid drops on the fluoro-SNs/Krytox coating is obviously slower than on the lotus inspired superhydrophobic and superoleophobic coatings, and is controlled by composition of the coating (e.g., morphology of the fluoro-SNs, type of Krytox and its thickness) and properties of the liquid drops (e.g., density and surface tension). In addition, the self-cleaning property of the fluoro-SNs/Krytox coating is closely related to properties of liquid drops and dirt.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:19 Feb 2015 13:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:55
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1616-301X
Funders:“Hundred Talents Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences”
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201301481

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