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Manipulation of the Superhydrophobicity of Plasma-Etched Polymer Nanostructures

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
Department of Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Advanced Technology Labs, Linthicum, MD 21090, USA
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Micromachines 2018, 9(6), 304;
Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 18 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plasma-Based Surface Engineering)
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The manipulation of droplet mobility on a nanotextured surface by oxygen plasma is demonstrated by modulating the modes of hydrophobic coatings and controlling the hierarchy of nanostructures. The spin-coating of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) allows for heterogeneous hydrophobization of the high-aspect-ratio nanostructures and provides the nanostructured surface with “sticky hydrophobicity”, whereas the self-assembled monolayer coating of perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) results in homogeneous hydrophobization and “slippery superhydrophobicity”. While the high droplet adhesion (stickiness) on a nanostructured surface with the spin-coating of PTFE is maintained, the droplet contact angle is enhanced by creating hierarchical nanostructures via the combination of oxygen plasma etching with laser interference lithography to achieve “sticky superhydrophobicity”. Similarly, the droplet mobility on a slippery nanostructured surface with the self-assembled monolayer coating of FDTS is also enhanced by employing the hierarchical nanostructures to achieve “slippery superhydrophobicity” with modulated slipperiness. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer; plasma etching; nanostructures; droplet mobility; superhydrophobicity polymer; plasma etching; nanostructures; droplet mobility; superhydrophobicity

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Du, K.; Jiang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Wathuthanthri, I.; Choi, C.-H. Manipulation of the Superhydrophobicity of Plasma-Etched Polymer Nanostructures. Micromachines 2018, 9, 304.

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