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Science. 2003 Feb 28;299(5611):1377-80.

Transformation of a simple plastic into a superhydrophobic surface.

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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Kocaeli University, 41300 Izmit, Kocaeli, Turkey. yerbil@kou.edu.tr

Abstract

Superhydrophobic surfaces are generally made by controlling the surface chemistry and surface roughness of various expensive materials, which are then applied by means of complex time-consuming processes. We describe a simple and inexpensive method for forming a superhydrophobic coating using polypropylene (a simple polymer) and a suitable selection of solvents and temperature to control the surface roughness. The resulting gel-like porous coating has a water contact angle of 160 degrees. The method can be applied to a variety of surfaces as long as the solvent mixture does not dissolve the underlying material.

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12610300
DOI:
10.1126/science.1078365
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