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Superhydrophobic surfaces: from structural control to functional application

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Abstract

A superhydrophobic surface is a surface with a water contact angle close to or higher than 150°. In this feature article, we review the historical and present research on superhydrophobic surfaces, including the characterization of superhydrophobicity, different ways to fabricate rough surfaces, and low-surface-energy modifications on inorganic and organic rough surfaces. It is the combination of surface roughness and low-surface-energy modification that leads to superhydrophobicity. Notably, research on superhydrophobic surfaces has not only fundamental interest but various possible functional applications in micro- and nano-materials and devices.

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Submitted
23 Jul 2007
Accepted
18 Oct 2007
First published
14 Nov 2007

J. Mater. Chem., 2008,18, 621-633
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Feature Article

Superhydrophobic surfaces: from structural control to functional application

X. Zhang, F. Shi, J. Niu, Y. Jiang and Z. Wang, J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 621
DOI: 10.1039/B711226B

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