Frontiers of Materials Science

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Flow-directed assembly of non-spherical titania nanoparticles into superhydrophilic thin films

  • Abhijeet Ojha
  • Manish Thakker
  • Dinesh O. Shah
  • Prachi TharejaEmail author
Research Article


Superhydrophilic thin films of 21 nm sized non-spherical titania nanoparticles are fabricated from a colloidal suspension by fixed blade flow coating without UV illumination. At a blade angle of a = 36° and a gap of d = 300 µm, hierarchically structured films with increasing surface roughness along with microscopic voids are formed depending on the substrate velocity and the titania volume fraction. Increasing the roughness is shown to be concomitant to an increase in the hydrophilicity, eventually leading to superhydrophilicity or water contact angle less than 5°.


superhydrophilicity titania flow coating thin films 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abhijeet Ojha
    • 1
  • Manish Thakker
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dinesh O. Shah
    • 3
    • 4
  • Prachi Thareja
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biological EngineeringIndian Institute of TechnologyGandhinagar, AhmedabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Instrumentation and Control EngineeringDharmsinh Desai UniversityNadiadIndia
  3. 3.Shah-Schulman Center for Surface Science and NanotechnologyDharmsinh Desai UniversityNadiadIndia
  4. 4.Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.Department of Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of TechnologyGandhinagar, AhmedabadIndia

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