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Macromolecular Research

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 216-219

Superhydrophobic carbon fiber surfaces prepared by growth of carbon nanostructures and polydimethylsiloxane coating

  • Hyun Ook SeoAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
  • , Kwang-Dae KimAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
  • , Myung-Geun JeongAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
  • , Young Dok KimAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University Email author 
  • , Kang Ho ChoiAffiliated withMaterials Processing Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science
  • , Eun Mi HongAffiliated withMaterials Processing Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science
  • , Kyu Hwan LeeAffiliated withMaterials Processing Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science
  • , Dong Chan LimAffiliated withMaterials Processing Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science Email author 

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Abstract

We prepared nanostructured carbon fiber surfaces using chemical vapor deposition in which Ni nanoparticles were used as carbon nanostructure growth catalysts. The surface of the nanostructured carbon fiber was covered by a thin polydimethylsiloxane film. This surface showed superhydrophobic behavior with a water contact angle close to 170 °C, and its superhydrophobicity was sustained in a wide pH range (1–13).
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Keywords

superhydrophobicity nanostructures carbon thin film