Superhydrophobic surfaces are attracting increasing attention in different fields such as energy, transportation, building industry and electronics, as they exhibit many interesting properties such as high water repellence, anti-fogging, anti-corrosion, anti-fouling and self-cleaning abilities. Here, superhydrophobic nanostructured hybrid materials obtained by depositing alumina nanoparticles on copper surfaces via dip coating in Al2O3 sol are presented. Two different preparation routes were explored, based on either an alcoholic or an aqueous Al2O3 sol, and the resulting wetting properties were compared. Wettability measurements showed that when the alcoholic sol is used superhydrophobicity is attained, with values of water contact angle very close to the upper limit of 180°, while highly hydrophobic coatings are obtained with the aqueous sol. These findings were further supported by electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which revealed that the surface layer deposited on Cu is more homogenous and richer in alumina nanoparticles when the alcoholic sol was used. Durability of the superhydrophobic coating was assessed by performing ageing tests in chemically aggressive environments. A remarkable resistance is displayed by the superhydrophobic coating in acid environment, while alkaline conditions severely affect its properties. Such behaviors were investigated by XPS and FE-SEM measurements, which disclosed the nature of the surface reactions under the different conditions tested. The present results underline that a thorough investigation of surface morphology, chemical composition and wetting properties reveals their strongly connection and helps optimizing the combination of substrate nanostructuring and suitable chemical coating for an improved durability in different aggressive environments.
Superhydrophobic properties induced by sol-gel routes on copper surfaces / Raimondo, M; Veronesi, F.; Boveri, G.; Guarini, G.; Motta, A.; Zanoni, Robertino. - In: APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0169-4332. - STAMPA. - 422(2017), pp. 1022-1029. [10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.05.257]
|Titolo:||Superhydrophobic properties induced by sol-gel routes on copper surfaces|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Citazione:||Superhydrophobic properties induced by sol-gel routes on copper surfaces / Raimondo, M; Veronesi, F.; Boveri, G.; Guarini, G.; Motta, A.; Zanoni, Robertino. - In: APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0169-4332. - STAMPA. - 422(2017), pp. 1022-1029. [10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.05.257]|
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