A super-hydrophobic and super-oleophilic coating mesh film for the separation of oil and water

Lin Feng, Zhongyi Zhang, Zhenhong Mai, Yongmei Ma, Biqian Liu, Lei Jiang, Daoben Zhu

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An example from nature: Analogous to the surface structure of the lotus leaf, the micro- and nanostructured rough surfaces of a teflon-coated mesh film engender it with both super-hydrophobic and super-oleophilic properties. The result is a variable film with contact angles of ≈150° for water and almost 0° for diesel oil, which makes it an ideal tool for the separation of oil and water (see figure).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2012-2014
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrophobic effect
  • Nanostructures
  • Super-oleophilicity
  • Surface chemistry
  • Wettability

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