Creation of a superhydrophobic surface from an amphiphilic polymer

Lin Feng, Yanlin Song, Jin Zhai, Biqian Liu, Jian Xu, Lei Jiang, Daoben Zhu

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Poly(vinyl alcohol), an inherently amphiphilic material, can act as a superhydrophobic surface when deposited as nanofibers on an aluminum oxide membrane (see picture). The arrangement of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic functional groups, both in the surface and within the interior of the material, has a marked effect on surface activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-802
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Amphiphiles
  • Electron microscopy
  • Nanostructures
  • Surface chemistry
  • Template synthesis

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