TITLE

Superhydrophobic amorphous carbon/carbon nanotube nanocomposites

AUTHOR(S)
Han, Z. J.; Tay, B. K.; Shakerzadeh, M.; Ostrikov, K.
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;6/1/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 22, p223106
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Superhydrophobic amorphous carbon/carbon nanotube nanocomposites are fabricated by plasma immersion ion implantation with carbon nanotube forests as a template. The microstructure of the fabricated nanocomposites shows arrays of carbon nanotubes capped with amorphous carbon nanoparticles. Contact angle measurements show that both advancing and receding angles close to 180° can be achieved on the nanocomposites. The fabrication here does not require patterning of carbon nanotubes or deposition of conformal coatings with low surface energy, which are usually involved in conventional approaches for superhydrophobic surfaces. The relationship between the observed superhydrophobicity and the unique microstructure of the nanocomposites is discussed.
ACCESSION #
41139468

 

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