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Nanotextured Shrink Wrap Superhydrophobic Surfaces by Argon Plasma Etching

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Irvine, CA 92697, USA
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences, Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Irvine, CA 92697, USA
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Department of Biology, Ayala School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Irvine, CA 92697, USA
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Academic Editor: Frank A. Müller
Materials 2016, 9(3), 196; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9030196
Received: 11 January 2016 / Revised: 3 March 2016 / Accepted: 3 March 2016 / Published: 14 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials)
We present a rapid, simple, and scalable approach to achieve superhydrophobic (SH) substrates directly in commodity shrink wrap film utilizing Argon (Ar) plasma. Ar plasma treatment creates a stiff skin layer on the surface of the shrink film. When the film shrinks, the mismatch in stiffness between the stiff skin layer and bulk shrink film causes the formation of multiscale hierarchical wrinkles with nano-textured features. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images confirm the presence of these biomimetic structures. Contact angle (CA) and contact angle hysteresis (CAH) measurements, respectively, defined as values greater than 150° and less than 10°, verified the SH nature of the substrates. Furthermore, we demonstrate the ability to reliably pattern hydrophilic regions onto the SH substrates, allowing precise capture and detection of proteins in urine. Finally, we achieved self-driven microfluidics via patterning contrasting superhydrophilic microchannels on the SH Ar substrates to induce flow for biosensing. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioinspired material; argon plasma treatment; superhydrophobic; protein capture; detection; wicking; microfluidics; shrink film; fabrication bioinspired material; argon plasma treatment; superhydrophobic; protein capture; detection; wicking; microfluidics; shrink film; fabrication
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Nokes, J.M.; Sharma, H.; Tu, R.; Kim, M.Y.; Chu, M.; Siddiqui, A.; Khine, M. Nanotextured Shrink Wrap Superhydrophobic Surfaces by Argon Plasma Etching. Materials 2016, 9, 196.

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