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Molecules 2009, 14(11), 4737-4746;

Preparation of Superhydrophobic Polymeric Film on Aluminum Plates by Electrochemical Polymerization

College of Science, Northwest Agriculture & Forest University, Xinong Road No.22, Yangling, Shanxi, 712100, China
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Received: 15 October 2009 / Revised: 16 November 2009 / Accepted: 19 November 2009 / Published: 19 November 2009
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6-(N-Allyl-1,1,2,2-tetrahydroperfluorododecyl)amino-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-dithiol monosodium (ATP) was used to prepare polymeric thin films on pure aluminum plates to achieve a superhydrophobic surface. The electrochemical polymerization process of ATP on aluminum plates in NaNO2 aqueous solution and the formation of poly(6-(N-allyl-1,1,2,2-tetrahydroperfluorododecyl)amino-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-dithiol) (PATP) thin film were studied by means of optical ellipsometry and film weight. The chemical structure of the polymeric film is investigated using FT-IR spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Contact angle goniometry was applied to measure the contact angles with distilled water drops at ambient temperature. The experimental results indicate that the polymeric film formed on pure aluminum plates exhibits superhydrophobic properties with a distilled water contact angle of 153°. The electrochemical polymerization process is time-saving, inexpensive, environmentally friendly and fairly convenient to carry out. It is expected that this technique will advance the production of superhydrophobic materials with new applications on a large scale. Moreover, this kind of polymeric thin film can be used as a dielectric material due to its insulating features.
Keywords: aluminum plate; electrochemical polymerization; polymeric film; superhydrophobic aluminum plate; electrochemical polymerization; polymeric film; superhydrophobic
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Wang, F.; Luo, H.; Wang, Q.; Wang, J.; Xu, J. Preparation of Superhydrophobic Polymeric Film on Aluminum Plates by Electrochemical Polymerization. Molecules 2009, 14, 4737-4746.

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