Towards superhydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane-silica particle coatings
2016 (English)In: Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, ISSN 0193-2691, E-ISSN 1532-2351, Vol. 37, no 9, 1375-1383 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Hydrophobized silica nanoparticles of different sizes, from 16 to 500 nm, were used to impart roughness to a hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) coating with the aim of obtaining superhydrophobic properties. The particle silanization process and the curing process of the PDMS coating were optimized to increase the contact angle of the particle containing coating. The evaluation of the coatings, by means of water contact angle measurements and scanning electron microscopy imaging, show that superhydrophobicity in the adhesive rose state was achieved using combinations of two differently sized particles, with an excess of the small 16 nm ones. Superhydrophobicity in the Lotus state was obtained when the filler concentration of 16 nm particles was 40 wt%, but under such conditions the coating was found to partially crack, which is detrimental in barrier applications. The preference for the rose wetting state can be explained by the round shape of the particles, which promotes the superhydrophobic rose wetting state over that of the superhydrophobic Lotus state.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 37, no 9, 1375-1383 p.
Silica particles, silanization, particle functionalization, superhydrophobic coating, wetting, rose state, Lotus state
Other Chemistry Topics
Research subject Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-175401DOI: 10.1080/01932691.2015.1101610ISI: 000374897300017ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84963606497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-175401DiVA: diva2:860815
FunderSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research , 2005:0073/13
QC 201605302015-10-142015-10-142016-05-30Bibliographically approved