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Coatings, Volume 8, Issue 6 (June 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Superhydrophobic cotton fabrics with different water-repellent properties were achieved by [...] Read more. Superhydrophobic cotton fabrics with different water-repellent properties were achieved by decorating the surface of pristine cotton fibers with ZnO structures of varying sizes and shapes, followed by Teflon coating. The superhydrophobic fabric with a higher water contact angle and a lower contact angle hysteresis showed superior anti- and de-icing efficacy in both static and dynamic conditions. Compared to hard substrates, the soft, flexible, and porous (air-permeable) superhydrophobic fabrics can lead to a broad applicability of textile-based materials for the design and fabrication of anti- and de-icing materials. View Paper here.