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Title: Superhydrophobicity on transparent fluorinated ethylene propylene films with nano-protrusion morphology by Ar + O{sub 2} plasma etching: Study of the degradation in hydrophobicity after exposure to the environment

Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) films were made superhydrophobic by Ar + O{sub 2} plasma etching process. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy studies of the plasma-treated FEP samples detected the presence of uniformly distributed nano-protrusions exhibiting a low surface roughness necessary for maintaining the transparency of the samples. In fact, optical transmittance measurements showed an improvement in the transparency of FEP samples after plasma treatment. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis showed the presence of –CF{sub x}–O–CF{sub x}– (x = 1, 2, or 3) linkages in both untreated and plasma-treated samples which explains the hydrophilic nature (contact angle below 90{sup ∘}) of the untreated sample. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed no changes in the bulk properties of the plasma-treated samples. Moreover, exposure to the environment caused the surfaces to lose their superhydrophobic property in an indefinite amount of time. This has been further studied through a water immersion experiment and explained through the wetting state transition from Cassie state to Wenzel state.
Authors:
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  1. Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Surface Engineering Division, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Post Bag No. 1779, Bangalore 560 017 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22217881
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: 16; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; ETCHING; ETHYLENE; FILMS; FOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETERS; FOURIER TRANSFORMATION; INFRARED SPECTRA; MORPHOLOGY; NANOSTRUCTURES; OPACITY; PLASMA; PROPYLENE; ROUGHNESS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SPUTTERING; SURFACES; ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA; X RADIATION; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY