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Superhydrophobic Graphene-Based Materials: Surface Construction and Functional Applications

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  • Zhongxin Chen,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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  • Lei Dong,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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  • Dong Yang,

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
    • State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China.

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  • Hongbin Lu

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
    • State Key Laboratory of Molecular, Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China.

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  • Dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Department of Macromolecular Science of Fudan University

Abstract

Many naturally occurring surfaces have superhydrophobicity that fulfils their functional demands, which has inspired considerable interest to develop similar artificial superhydrophobic surfaces with a variety of functionalities. Graphene is an ideal candidate for functional superhydrophobic surfaces due to its exceptional physicochemical properties. The recent advances in this emerging field are summarized, including the wetting behavior of water on graphene and the formation of crumpling/nanoparticle/foam-induced hierarchical structures, with emphasis on fundamental understanding for related processes. The potential applications in energy, environmental remediation, and thermal management are also discussed.

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