Polymer Science Faculty Research

Title

Superhydrophobic Conductive Carbon Nanotube-Based Coatings for Steel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-12-2009

Abstract

We report the synthesis of superhydrophobic coatings for steel using carbon nanotube (CNT)-mesh structures. The CNT coating maintains its structural integrity and superhydrophobicity even after exposure to extreme thermal stresses and has excellent thermal and electrical properties. The coating can also be reinforced by optimally impregnating the CNT-mesh structure with cross-linked polymers without significantly compromising on superhydrophobicity and electrical conductivity. These superhydrophobic conductive coatings on steel, which is an important structural material, open up possibilities for many new applications in the areas of heat transfer, solar panels, transport of fluids, nonwetting and nonfouling surfaces, temperature resilient coatings, composites, water-walking robots, and naval applications.

Publication Title

Langmuir

Volume

25

Issue

8

First Page

4311

Last Page

4313