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Regenerative superhydrophobic coating from microcapsules

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A facile approach is proposed to fabricate a lotus leaf effect superhydrophobic coating constructed from calcium hydroxide microcapsules with a porous polymer shell. The capsules coated onto the substrates are robust due to the intermediate cured epoxy resin. A nanostructured hydrophobic calcium stearate precipitate forms by diffusion-restricted reaction upon treatment with soluble salt stearate, which is significant to allow water to freely roll off. Furthermore, the lotus leaf effect can be regenerated.

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The article was received on 02 Dec 2009, accepted on 26 Jan 2010 and first published on 01 Mar 2010

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B925298C
J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 3211-3215

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    Regenerative superhydrophobic coating from microcapsules

    Q. Wang, J. Li, C. Zhang, X. Qu, J. Liu and Z. Yang, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 3211
    DOI: 10.1039/B925298C

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