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Nano Lett. 2005 Oct;5(10):2097-103.

Superhydrophobicity and superhydrophilicity of regular nanopatterns.

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Centre for Cell Engineering, IBLS, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, U.K.


The hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity, and sliding behavior of water droplets on nanoasperities of controlled dimensions were investigated experimentally. We show that the "hemi-wicking" theory for hydrophilic SiO(2) samples successfully predicts the experimental advancing angles and that the same patterns, after silanization, become superhydrophobic in agreement with the Cassie-Baxter and Wenzel theories. Our model topographies have the same dimensional scale of some naturally occurring structures that exhibit similar wetting properties. Our results confirm that a forest of hydrophilic/hydrophobic slender pillars is the most effective superwettable/water-repellent configuration. It is shown that the shape and curvature of the edges of the asperities play an important role in determining the advancing angles.


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