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Perfluoroalkane wax infused gels for effective, regenerating, anti-icing surfaces

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Abstract

Infusion of solid perfluoroalkanes into polydimethylsiloxane gels provides a simple route to regenerating deicing surfaces, with low adhesion strength from the lower inherent cohesive energy of the perfluoroalkanes. Further, these surfaces are more hydrophobic and environmentally stable than their alkane analogues. The result is a robust, regenerating surface which demonstrates low energy ice adhesion (19.6 kPa), hydrophobicity (water contact angle, CA, >100°), and high environmental stability.

Graphical abstract: Perfluoroalkane wax infused gels for effective, regenerating, anti-icing surfaces

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Submitted
11 Dec 2018
Accepted
19 Feb 2019
First published
21 Feb 2019

This article is Open Access

Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 3215-3218
Article type
Communication

Perfluoroalkane wax infused gels for effective, regenerating, anti-icing surfaces

A. Sandhu, O. J. Walker, A. Nistal, K. L. Choy and A. J. Clancy, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3215
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC09818B

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