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63. Facile fabrication of robust superhydrophobic surfaces: comparative investigation

 

Robin M. Bär, Simon Widmaier, Pavel A. Levkin
 
RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 98257–98266

Superhydrophobic (SH) surfaces have various unique and important properties, including extreme waterrepellency, self-cleaning, anti-icing and cell repellency. The range of applications and the interest in these surfaces have increased enormously during the last years. To obtain superhydrophobicity a surface requires both micro- and nano-scale roughness and a low surface energy coating. During the last 15 years many methods have been published to produce SH surfaces. Most of the methods described in the literature require multiple steps and harsh conditions. In addition, the comparability of the distinct studies is challenging, due to the fact that the produced surfaces were not characterized with sufficiently standardized parameters and methods. A comparative study with a wide space of parameters, characterizing both the method and the surface properties, could be helpful to find the right functionalization method for a certain application. The goal of this study was to compare the most facile
methods for the fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces. We selected eight coating methods and characterized produced surfaces in respect of water contact angles (WCAs) (static, advancing, receding), sliding angle, mechanical stability, stability in water/buffer/solvent, transparency and micro/nano surface topography.

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