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Synthesis of a superhydrophobic self-cleaning coating through dual-scale carbon sphere based colloidal assembly

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dc.contributor.advisor Ryan, Kevin M.
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-01T15:47:59Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-01T15:47:59Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2861
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Superhydrophobicity can be seen in nature with varying degrees of wetting. The leaves of the lotus plant have long been identified for their superhydrophobic properties. Superhydrophobic surfaces have contact angles larger than 150° and their sliding angles are less than 10°. Herein we describe how, with the use of evaporated metals, the hydrophobicity of carbon spheres which are intrinsically hydrophobic can be altered to biomimic different states of wetting as seen in nature to create a superhydrophobic self-cleaning coating. Superhydrophobicity was displayed through the determination of contact angle and contact angle hysteresis. Dual-scale roughness was utilised to create the superhydrophobic coating with surface structure playing a vital role in its creation. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject superhydrophobic coating en_US
dc.subject lotus plant en_US
dc.title Synthesis of a superhydrophobic self-cleaning coating through dual-scale carbon sphere based colloidal assembly en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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