Transformation of a simple plastic into a superhydrophobic surface

ERBİL H. Y. , DEMİREL A. L. , Avci Y. , Mert O.

SCIENCE, cilt.299, ss.1377-1380, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 299 Konu: 5611
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1126/science.1078365
  • Dergi Adı: SCIENCE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1377-1380


Superhydrophobic surfaces are generally made by controlling the surface chemistry and surface roughness of various expensive materials, which are then applied by means of complex time-consuming processes. We describe a simple and inexpensive method for forming a superhydrophobic coating using polypropylene (a simple polymer) and a suitable selection of solvents and temperature to control the surface roughness. The resulting get-like porous coating has a water contact angle of 160degrees. The method can be applied to a variety of surfaces as long as the solvent mixture does not dissolve the underlying material.