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Recent Advances in Superhydrophobic Electrodeposits

by Jason Tam 1, Gino Palumbo 2 and Uwe Erb 1,*
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, 184 College Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3E4, Canada
Integran Technologies Inc., 6300 Northam Drive, Mississauga, ON L4V 1H7, Canada
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Academic Editor: Chang-Hwan Choi
Materials 2016, 9(3), 151;
Received: 18 December 2015 / Revised: 4 February 2016 / Accepted: 23 February 2016 / Published: 3 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Superhydrophobicity of Materials)
In this review, we present an extensive summary of research on superhydrophobic electrodeposits reported in the literature over the past decade. As a synthesis technique, electrodeposition is a simple and scalable process to produce non-wetting metal surfaces. There are three main categories of superhydrophobic surfaces made by electrodeposition: (i) electrodeposits that are inherently non-wetting due to hierarchical roughness generated from the process; (ii) electrodeposits with plated surface roughness that are further modified with low surface energy material; (iii) composite electrodeposits with co-deposited inert and hydrophobic particles. A recently developed strategy to improve the durability during the application of superhydrophobic electrodeposits by controlling the microstructure of the metal matrix and the co-deposition of hydrophobic ceramic particles will also be addressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: superhydrophobicity; non-wetting metal surfaces; electrodeposition; surface engineering superhydrophobicity; non-wetting metal surfaces; electrodeposition; surface engineering
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