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Multipurpose Ultra and Superhydrophobic Surfaces Based on Oligodimethylsiloxane-Modified Nanosilica

De Francisco, R.; Tiemblo, P.; Hoyos, M.; Gonzalez-Arellano, C.; García, N.; Berglund, L.; Synytska, A. ACS Applied Materials&Interfaces, 2014, 6(21), 18998-19010.

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Summary: Nonfluorinated hydrophobic surfaces are of interest for reduced cost, toxicity, and environmental problems.

Searching for such surfaces together with versatile processing, A200 silica nanoparticles are modified with an oligodimethylsiloxane and used by themselves or with a polymer matrix. The goal of the surface modification is controlled aggregate size and stable suspensions. Characterization is done by NMR, microanalysis, nitrogen adsorption, and dynamic light scattering. The feasibility of the concept is then demonstrated. The silica aggregates are sprayed in a scalable process to form ultrahydrophobic and imperceptible coatings with surface topographies of controlled nanoscale roughness onto different supports, including nanofibrillated cellulose. To improve adhesion and wear properties, the organosilica was mixed with polymers. The resulting composite coatings are characterized by FE-SEM, AFM, and contact angle measurements. Depending on the nature of the polymer, different functionalities can be developed. Poly(methyl methacrylate) leads to almost superhydrophobic and highly transparent coatings. Composites based on commercial acrylic car paint show “pearl-bouncing” droplet behavior. A light-emitting  polyfluorene is synthesized to prepare luminescent and water repellent coatings on different supports. The interactions between polymers and the organosilica influence coating roughness and are critical for wetting behavior. In summary, the feasibility of a facile, rapid, and fluorine-free hydrophobization concept was successfully demonstrated in multipurpose antiwetting applications.

 

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