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Title: Combined hydrophobicity and mechanical durability through surface nanoengineering

This paper reports combined hydrophobicity and mechanical durability through the nanoscale engineering of surfaces in the form of nanorod-polymer composites. Specifically, the hydrophobicity derives from nanoscale features of mechanically hard ZnO nanorods and the mechanical durability derives from the composite structure of a hard ZnO nanorod core and soft polymer shell. Experimental characterization correlates the morphology of the nanoengineered surfaces with the combined hydrophobicity and mechanical durability, and reveals the responsible mechanisms. Such surfaces may find use in applications, such as boat hulls, that benefit from hydrophobicity and require mechanical durability.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6]
  1. Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)
  2. Univ. of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (United States)
  3. Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA (United States)
  4. Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT (United States)
  5. United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT (United States)
  6. Univ. of Hartford, West Hartford, CT (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1188805
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-09ER46562
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
USDOE; Northeastern University, Boston, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY