Robust anti-Icing performance of a flexible superhydrophobic surface

Lei Wang, Qihua Gong, Shihui Zhan, Lei Jiang, Yongmei Zheng

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Abstract

A material with superhydrophobic and anti-ice/de-icing properties, which has a micro-/nanostructured surface, is produced by a straightforward method. This material comprises a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microstructure with ZnO nanohairs and shows excellent water and ice repellency even at low temperatures (−20 °C) and relatively high humidity (90%) for over three months. These results are expected to be helpful for designing smart, non-wetting materials that can be adapted to low-temperature environments for the development of anti-icing systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7729-7735
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume28
Issue number35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Flexible materials
  • Ice repellants
  • Poly (dimethylsiloxane)
  • Superhydrophobic surfaces

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