A facile method to fabricate hierarchical particulates for superhydrophobic surfaces by diisocyanate reactions

Shuaijun Pan, Rui Guo, Jinyang Peng, Zhongming Chen, Hui Liu, Weijian Xu

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In this article, cauliflower-like particulates with hierarchical structures were fabricated for the first time using the high reactivity of isocyanate groups. It is convenient to control the size of hierarchical particulates and to tune surface roughness by adjusting the reaction time. Dual-sized surface roughness, which biomimics the surface topography of sticky superhydrophobic gecko feet, originates from well-defined cauliflower-like particulates that are covalently anchored to a telechelic hydroxyl-modified substrate. After modified with fluorinated azobenzene, the resulting coating shows a static water contact angle as high as 156.5°and high water adhesion. We assume that the densely packed nanoscale aggregates are the key contributor to the observed high water adhesion, presumably by generating large van der Waals forces from the large surface area in close contact with water droplet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1393-1401
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adhesion Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • adhesion
  • Cauliflower
  • click chemistry
  • diisocyanate
  • superhydrophobicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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