Superhydrophobic and anti-icing properties at overcooled temperature of a fluorinated hybrid surface prepared via a sol–gel process
A superhydrophobic surface with anti-icing performance has been the focus of research, but few studies have reported the effective and low cost strategy that met the requirements under overcooled conditions. In this article, the fluorinated sol–gel colloid coatings were simply prepared via hydrolytic condensation of nanosilica sol, methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) and 3-[(perfluorohexylsulfonyl)amino]propyltriethoxysilane (HFTES). The multi scale morphology and chemical composition of the artificial surfaces were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The influence of the surface roughness structure and fluorinated groups on the wettability and freezing delay time of the colloid surface under overcooled conditions were explored. As the HFTES content was higher than 6 wt%, the prepared colloid surface showed excellent superhydropobicity with a contact angle (CA) of about 166° at room temperature. The CA gradually reduced with the decrease of the temperature. Only the samples with high HFTES contents (above 30 wt%) exhibited special superhydrophobic and anti-icing properties under freeze temperature. Besides the surface roughness structure, the high fluoride enrichment on the surface plays a major role in the superhydrophobic and anti-icing properties under overcooled conditions.