Bio-inspired hierarchically structured polymer fibers for anisotropic non-wetting surfaces

M. Yunusa, F. E. Ozturk, Adem Yildirim, U. Tuvshindorj, M. Kanik, M. Bayindir

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Abstract

We demonstrate a rice leaf-like hierarchically textured polymer fiber array for anisotropic non-wetting surfaces. To provide superhydrophobicity in addition to the anisotropic behavior, fiber surfaces are spray coated with organically modified silica nanoparticles. The resulting micro/nano hierarchically structured fiber surfaces demonstrate anisotropic non-wetting properties. We designed various fiber architectures for droplet transportation, mixing, and guiding exploiting the scalability of the fiber texture during thermal drawing; optional nanoparticle surface modification; and inherent flexibility of the fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15553-15560
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Volume7
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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