Nanocarbon Superhydrophobic Surfaces created from Fullerene-Based Hierarchical Supramolecular Assemblies


  • This work was supported, in part, by a Grant-in Aid from the Ministry of Education, Sciences, Sports, and Culture, Japan and the Iketani Science and Technology Foundation. We thank Prof. T. Kunitake, RIKEN, for valuable discussions. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


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Nanocarbon superhydrophobic surfaces (NCSSs) with a fractal morphology of the two-tier roughness on a nano- and microscopic scale are created from hierarchical, supramolecular objects, which are readily prepared by molecular assembly of a fullerene derivative bearing long aliphatic chains. The high durability of the fabricated fractal structures is derived from enhanced π–π and van der Waals interactions of fullerene and aliphatic chain moieties, respectively.