Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Control and Characterization of Textured, Hydrophobic Ionomer Surfaces
by Wang, Xueyuan, Ph.D., The University of Akron, 2012, 146; 10631367
Abstract (Summary)

Polymer thin films are of increasing interest in many industrial and technological applications. Superhydrophobic, self-cleaning surfaces have attracted a lot of attention for their application in self-cleaning, anti-sticking coatings, stain resistance, or anti-contamination surfaces in diverse technologies, including medical, transportation, textiles, electronics and paints. This thesis focuses on the preparation of nanometer to micrometer-size particle textured surfaces which are desirable for super water repellency.

Textured surfaces consisting of nanometer to micrometer-sized lightly sulfonated polystyrene ionomer (SPS) particles were prepared by rapid evaporation of the solvent from a dilute polymer solution cast onto silica. The effect of the solvent used to spin coat the film, the molecular weight of the ionomer, and the rate of solvent evaporation were investigated. The nano-particle or micron-particle textured ionomer surfaces were prepared by either spin coating or solution casting ionomer solutions at controlled evaporation rates. The surface morphologies were consistent with a spinodal decomposition mechanism where the surface first existed as a percolated-like structure and then ripened into droplets if molecular mobility was retained for sufficient time. The SPS particles or particle aggregates were robust and resisted deformation even after annealing at 120°C for one week. The water contact angles on as-prepared surfaces were relatively low, ~ 90° since the polar groups in ionomer reduce the surface hydrophobicity. After chemical vapor deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane, the surface contact angles increased to ~ 109° on smooth surfaces and ~140° on the textured surfaces. Water droplets stuck to these surfaces even when tilted 90 degrees.

Superhydrophobic surfaces were prepared by spraying coating ionomer solutions and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane onto textured surfaces. The surfaces after CVD of silane exhibited water contact angle of 152° and the water droplet stuck to the surfaces without falling even when tilted upside down. This kind of sticky superhydrophobic surface would have potential applications in no-loss transport of liquid, and cleaning robots.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weiss, Robert A.
Commitee: Becker, Matthew, Cavicchi, Kevin, Karim, Alamgir, Weiss, Robert A., Wesdemiotis, Chrys
School: The University of Akron
Department: Polymer Engineering
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Chemistry, Materials science
Keywords: Ionomer, Spin coating, Sticky, Superhydrophobic surfaces
Publication Number: 10631367
ISBN: 9780355016192
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