Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Forests

Kenneth K S Lau, José Bico, Kenneth B K Teo, Manish Chhowalla, Gehan A J Amaratunga, William I. Milne, Gareth H. McKinley, Karen K. Gleason

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Abstract

The present study demonstrates the creation of a stable, superhydrophobic surface using the nanoscale roughness inherent in a vertically aligned carbon nanotube forest together with a thin, conformal hydrophobic poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) coating on the surface of the nanotubes. Superhydrophobicity is achieved down to the microscopic level where essentially spherical, micrometer-sized water droplets can be suspended on top of the nanotube forest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1701-1705
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Volume3
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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Lau, K. K. S., Bico, J., Teo, K. B. K., Chhowalla, M., Amaratunga, G. A. J., Milne, W. I., ... Gleason, K. K. (2003). Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Forests. Nano Letters, 3(12), 1701-1705. https://doi.org/10.1021/nl034704t

Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Forests. / Lau, Kenneth K S; Bico, José; Teo, Kenneth B K; Chhowalla, Manish; Amaratunga, Gehan A J; Milne, William I.; McKinley, Gareth H.; Gleason, Karen K.

In: Nano Letters, Vol. 3, No. 12, 12.2003, p. 1701-1705.

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Lau, KKS, Bico, J, Teo, KBK, Chhowalla, M, Amaratunga, GAJ, Milne, WI, McKinley, GH & Gleason, KK 2003, 'Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Forests', Nano Letters, vol. 3, no. 12, pp. 1701-1705. https://doi.org/10.1021/nl034704t
Lau KKS, Bico J, Teo KBK, Chhowalla M, Amaratunga GAJ, Milne WI et al. Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Forests. Nano Letters. 2003 Dec;3(12):1701-1705. https://doi.org/10.1021/nl034704t
Lau, Kenneth K S ; Bico, José ; Teo, Kenneth B K ; Chhowalla, Manish ; Amaratunga, Gehan A J ; Milne, William I. ; McKinley, Gareth H. ; Gleason, Karen K. / Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Forests. In: Nano Letters. 2003 ; Vol. 3, No. 12. pp. 1701-1705.
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