Fabrication of thermally stable porous films from a cured epoxy resin via the Breath Figures process
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In the current work, porous films based on epoxy resin have been obtained via the Breath Figures method. It was shown that the use of a low-temperature curing agent and fluoro-containing organosilicon copolymer, compatible with epoxy resin, makes it possible to obtain porous, thermostable, highly hydrophobic coatings with a pore diameter of 3–4 µm. When the epoxy resin/copolymer mixture is homogenous, the modifier prevents water droplet coalescence; otherwise, the mixture becomes heterogeneous, and the positive influence of the modifier is lost. The obtained modified porous films are highly hydrophobic and maintain their porous structure until polymer devitrification occurs. The simplicity of the Breath Figures method shows great potential for the manufacture of water-repellent paint coatings based on epoxy resin for use in a variety of applications.
KeywordsBreath Figures Epoxy resin Fluoro-containing organosilicon copolymers Hydrophobic Porous films
This work was financially supported by Russian Scientific Foundation (RSF, Project 15-13-00061).
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