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Langmuir. 2010 Nov 16;26(22):17242-7. doi: 10.1021/la103462z. Epub 2010 Oct 18.

Engineering sticky superomniphobic surfaces on transparent and flexible PDMS substrate.

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University Lille Nord de France, Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (UMR 8520), Cité Scientifique, Avenue Poincaré, BP 60069, 59652 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.


Following the achievement of superhydrophobicity which prevents water adhesion on a surface, superomniphobicity extends this high repellency property to a wide range of liquids, including oils, solvents, and other low surface energy liquids. Recent theoretical approaches have yield to specific microstructures design criterion to achieve such surfaces, leading to superomniphobic structured silicon substrate. To transfer this technology on a flexible substrate, we use a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molding process followed by surface chemical modification. It results in so-called sticky superomniphobic surfaces, exhibiting large apparent contact angles (>150°) along with large contact angle hysteresis (>10°). We then focus on the modified Cassie equation, considering the 1D aspect of wetting, to explain the behavior of droplets on these surfaces and compare experimental data to previous works to confirm the validity of this model.


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