Direct breath figure formation on PMMA and superhydrophobic surface using in situ perfluoro-modified silica nanoparticles

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  • Farnaz Farbod,

    1. Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Polymer Engineering, Nanostructured Materials Research Centre, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz 1996-51535, Iran
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  • Behzad Pourabbas,

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    1. Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Polymer Engineering, Nanostructured Materials Research Centre, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz 1996-51535, Iran
    • Faculty of Polymer Engineering, Nanostructured Materials Research Centre, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz 1996-51535, Iran
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  • Mehdi Sharif

    1. Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Polymer Engineering, Nanostructured Materials Research Centre, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz 1996-51535, Iran
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Abstract

Breath figure formation was carried out directly on the surface of poly(methylmethacrylate) using a mixture of a good solvent, tetrahydrofuran, and a nonsolvent, water. Direct breath figure formation was coined for this method and a mechanism was proposed to describe the figure formation by the method based on hypothesizes available for the normal breath figure formation. The proposed mechanism is such that the sonication effect, immersion time, and water content on characteristics of the obtained figures can be explained. The figured surface was then made superhydrophobic with a water contact angle of 175° using in situ growing of perfluoro modified silica nanoparticles inside the figure cell by one-pot method. The spherical modified silica nanoparticles were detected being trapped by figure features providing a mechanical entrapment of the low-surface energy nanoparticles. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2013

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