Transparent superwetting nanofilms with enhanced durability at model physiological condition

Sunghee Hwangbo, Jiwoong Heo, Xiangde Lin, Moonhyun Choi, Jinkee Hong

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There have been many studies on superwetting surfaces owing to the variety of their potential applications. There are some drawbacks to developing these films for biomedical applications, such as the fragility of the microscopic roughness feature that is vital to ensure superwettability. But, there are still only a few studies that have shown an enhanced durability of nanoscale superwetting films at certain extreme environment. In this study, we fabricated intrinsically stable superwetting films using the organosilicate based layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method in order to control nano-sized roughness of the multilayer structures. In order to develop mechanically and chemically robust surfaces, we successfully introduced polymeric silsesquioxane as a building block for LbL assembly with desired fashion. Even in the case that the superhydrophobic outer layers were damaged, the films maintained their superhydrophobicity because of the hydrophobic nature of their inner layers. As a result, we successfully fabricated superwetting nano-films and evaluated their robustness and stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19178
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 14

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean Government (Grant 2012M3A9C6050104) and supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Korean Government Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Grant 2013R1A1A1076126). Additionally, this research was also supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (Grant HI14C-3266-030015, HI15C-1653-020015). This work was also carried out with the support of “Cooperative Research Program for Agriculture Science & Technology Development (Grant PJ009986012015)” Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea.

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