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Coatings 2016, 6(1), 3; doi:10.3390/coatings6010003

On Modulating Interfacial Structure towards Improved Anti-Icing Performance

Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325, USA
Current address: Department of Chemical Engineering, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
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Academic Editors: D. K. Sarkar and N. Saleema
Received: 9 November 2015 / Revised: 27 December 2015 / Accepted: 6 January 2016 / Published: 14 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anti-Icing Coatings and Surfaces)

Abstract

The design of anti-icing surfaces presents an interface with high causal density that has been challenging to quantify in terms of individual contributions of various interactions and environmental factors. In this commentary, we highlight the role of interfacial water structure as uniquely expressing the physico-chemical aspects of ice accretion. Recent work on the topic that focuses on control of interfacial structure is discussed along with results by our research group on wettability of chemically modified surfaces and the role of ions in modulating interfacial structure. Suggestions for systematic studies to understand the fundamental interactions at play in ice adhesion at interfaces are made especially in the under-explored areas of cooperative hydrogen bonding and the role of solvated counterions. Insights expected from such studies would contribute to design of robust anti-icing hierarchies. View Full-Text
Keywords: anti-icing; interfacial structure; ice adhesion; ion segregation; superhydrophobicity; hierarchical design; biomimetic; chemically modified surfaces; quasi liquid layer; aqueous lubricating layer anti-icing; interfacial structure; ice adhesion; ion segregation; superhydrophobicity; hierarchical design; biomimetic; chemically modified surfaces; quasi liquid layer; aqueous lubricating layer
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Jha, K.C.; Anim-Danso, E.; Bekele, S.; Eason, G.; Tsige, M. On Modulating Interfacial Structure towards Improved Anti-Icing Performance. Coatings 2016, 6, 3.

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