Special Issue "Water and Oil Repellent Surfaces"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ioannis Karapanagiotis
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University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, N. Plastira 65, 542 50 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Interests: coatings; surfaces & interfaces; wetting & dewetting; superhydrophobicity & superomniphobicity; water-repellency & self-cleaning; nanostructured materials; biomimetics; nanocomposites; nanoparticles; polymers; archaeological chemistry; conservation science
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Dear Colleagues,

In the last two decades, materials of extreme wetting properties (MEWP) have received significant attention, as they offer new perspectives providing numerous potential applications. Biomimetics, super-hydrophobic/oleophobic and water-/oil-repellent surfaces can be used, for instance, in automobiles; ships and aircrafts; microelectronics; textiles; biomedical devices and implants; devices in renewable energy systems; constructions and buildings; and in other applications relevant to self–cleaning, friction reduction, oil–water separation, water harvesting and desalination, drug delivery, anti-icing, anti-corrosion, and anti-bacteria methods.

Despite the large scientific progress on MEWP, there are still some obstacles that have to be solved to make these materials available for real life applications. For example, the durability of the surfaces of MEWP is clearly a main obstacle. Recent advances on the production strategies, including methods and materials, of MEWP showed that the durability and sustainability obstacles can be addressed. Recent studies suggest that metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers (natural and synthetic), and modern materials such as nanocomposites and graphene can be tuned to MEWP following cost-effective and eco-friendly methods and materials.

 The scope of this Special Issue will serve as a forum for papers on the following concepts:

  • Robust water/oil repellent surfaces;
  • Transparent water/oil repellent surfaces;
  • Self-recovery water/oil repellent surfaces;
  • Waterborne coatings with extreme wetting propeties;
  • Anti-icing surfaces;
  • Antibacterial surfaces of extreme wetting properties;
  • Antigraffiti surfaces of extreme wetting properties;
  • Blood-repellent surfaces ;
  • Engineered wettability for water harvesting;
  • Superhydrophilic-superhydrophobic micropatterns;
  • Water-repellent cellulose surfaces (fabrics, paper);
  • Water-repellent coatings for electronics;
  • Water-repellent coatings for automobiles, aircrafts, and ships;
  • Water-repellent wood surfaces;
  • Water-repellent metal surfaces;
  • Water-repellent coatings for building protection;
  • Graphene: from superhydrophilic to superhydrophobic surfaces.

 Prof. Dr. Ioannis Karapanagiotis

Guest Editor

Keywords

  • Superhydrophobic surfaces and coatings;
  • Water-repellent surfaces and coatings;
  • Superoleophobic surfaces and coatings;
  • Oil repellent surfaces and coatings.

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Anti-Graffiti Behavior of Oleo/Hydrophobic Nano-Filled Coatings Applied on Natural Stone Materials
Coatings 2019, 9(11), 740; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9110740 - 07 Nov 2019
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In recent years, graffiti writings are increasingly regarded as a form of art. However, their presence on historic building remains a vandalism and different strategies have been developed to clean or, preferably, protect the surfaces. In this study, an experimental nano-filled coating, based [...] Read more.
In recent years, graffiti writings are increasingly regarded as a form of art. However, their presence on historic building remains a vandalism and different strategies have been developed to clean or, preferably, protect the surfaces. In this study, an experimental nano-filled coating, based on fluorine resin containing SiO2 nano-particles, and two commercial products have been applied on compact and porous calcareous stones, representative of building materials used in the Mediterranean basin, and their anti-graffiti ability has been analyzed. All the tested experimental and commercial coatings exhibited high hydrophobicity and oleophobicity, thus meeting one of the basic requirements for anti-graffiti systems. The effects of staining by acrylic blu-colored spray paint and felt-tip marker were, then, assessed; the properties of the treated stone surfaces after cleaning by acetone were also investigated. Visual observations, contact angle measurements and color evaluations were performed to this aim. It was found that the protective coatings facilitated the spray paint removal; however high oleophobicity or paint repellence did not guarantee a complete cleaning. The stain from the felt-tip marker was confirmed to be extremely difficult to remove. The cleaning with a neat unconfined solvent promoted the movement of the applied polymers (and likely of the paint, as well) in the porous structure of the stone substrate. Full article
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A Facile Route to Fabricate Superhydrophobic Cu2O Surface for Efficient Oil–Water Separation
Coatings 2019, 9(10), 659; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9100659 - 12 Oct 2019
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The mixture of insoluble organics and water seriously affects human health and environmental safety. Therefore, it is important to develop an efficient material to remove oil from water. In this work, we report a superhydrophobic Cu2O mesh that can effectively separate [...] Read more.
The mixture of insoluble organics and water seriously affects human health and environmental safety. Therefore, it is important to develop an efficient material to remove oil from water. In this work, we report a superhydrophobic Cu2O mesh that can effectively separate oil and water. The superhydrophobic Cu2O surface was fabricated by a facile chemical reaction between copper mesh and hydrogen peroxide solution without any low surface reagents treatment. With the advantages of simple operation, short reaction time, and low cost, the as-synthesized superhydrophobic Cu2O mesh has excellent oil–water selectivity for many insoluble organic solvents. In addition, it could be reused for oil–water separation with a high separation ability of above 95%, which demonstrated excellent durability and reusability. We expect that this fabrication technique will have great application prospects in the application of oil–water separation. Full article
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Assembly Mechanism and the Morphological Analysis of the Robust Superhydrophobic Surface
Coatings 2019, 9(8), 472; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9080472 - 26 Jul 2019
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Robust superhydrophobic surfaces are fabricated on different substrates by a scalable spray coating process. The developed superhydrophobic surface consists of thin layers of surface functionalized silica nanoparticle (SiO2) bound to the substrate by acrylate-polyurethane (PU) binder. The influence of the SiO [...] Read more.
Robust superhydrophobic surfaces are fabricated on different substrates by a scalable spray coating process. The developed superhydrophobic surface consists of thin layers of surface functionalized silica nanoparticle (SiO2) bound to the substrate by acrylate-polyurethane (PU) binder. The influence of the SiO2/PU ratio on the superhydrophobicity, and the robustness of the developed surface, is systematically analyzed. The optimized SiO2/PU ratio for prepared superhydrophobic surfaces is obtained between 0.9 and 1.2. The mechanism which yields superhydrophobicity to the surface is deduced for the first time with the help of scanning electron microscopy and profilometer. The effect of mechanical abrasion on the surface roughness and superhydrophobicity are analyzed by using profilometer and contact angle measurement, respectively. Finally, it is concluded that the binder plays a key role in controlling the surface roughness and superhydrophobicity through the capillary mechanism. Additionally, the reason for the reduction in performance is also discussed with respect to the morphology variation. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Planned Paper 1:

A facile route to fabricate superhydrophobic Cu2O surface for efficient oil-water separation

Sheng Lei, Fangxin Zuo, Fajun Wang,* Mingshan Xue,* Junfei Ou, Changquan Li, Wen Li

School of Materials Engineering, Jiangsu University of Technology, Changzhou, 213001, P. R. China

Abstract: The mixture of insoluble organic oil and water seriously affects the human health and the environmental safety. It is important and significant to develop an efficient material to remove oil from water. In this work, we report a superhydrophobic Cu2O mesh that can effectively separate oil and water. The superhydrophobic Cu2O surface was fabricated by facile chemical reaction based on the copper mesh without any low surface reagents treatment. With the advantages of simple operation, short reaction time and low cost, the as-synthesized superhydrophobic Cu2O mesh has excellent oil-water selectivity for many insoluble organic solvents. In addition, it could be reused for oil-water separation with the high separation ability of above 90%, which demonstrated excellent durability and reusability. It is expected that this fabrication technique will have great application prospects in the field of oil-water separation.

Keywords: superhydrophobic, Cu2O, oil-water separation, reusability

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