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One-pot, template-free synthesis of a robust superhydrophobic polymer monolith with an adjustable hierarchical porous structure

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Abstract

We fabricated a porous polymer monolith with tunable hierarchical porosity and damage-tolerant superhydrophobic properties simultaneously using divinylbenzene (DVB) and SiO2 composites. The polymer monolith exhibiting a high specific surface area (820.5 m2 g−1) and large pore volume (1.59 cm3 g−1) is obtained without using any fluorinated compounds, template, surfactant or stabilizer and further chemical modification which is green, low cost, simple and environmentally-safe. The hierarchical porosity of the polymer monolith is controllable readily by regulating the solvothermal temperature. In addition, the polymer monolith features excellent superhydrophobicity with a water contact angle of 161.3° and a sliding angle smaller than 4.0° as well as switchable wettability which can be realized by simple UV irradiation and abrasion. Importantly, the monolith demonstrates excellent mechanical resistance and environmental durability owing to its low-surface-energy microstructures extending throughout its whole volume which is comparable to most superhydrophobic surfaces that have poor durability. Moreover, the monolith can be used as a chalk for painting superhydrophobic porous polymer coating on substrates with various shapes and features, which facilitates the preparation of large area superhydrophobic surfaces and is extensively applicable.

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The article was received on 26 Apr 2016, accepted on 17 Jun 2016 and first published on 20 Jun 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01171C
Citation: Green Chem., 2016,18, 5266-5272
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    One-pot, template-free synthesis of a robust superhydrophobic polymer monolith with an adjustable hierarchical porous structure

    Y. Li, Z. Zhang, B. Ge, X. Men and Q. Xue, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 5266
    DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01171C

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