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In nature, biological creatures have self-cleaning capability despite the vagaries of the environment, i.e., from sky to land, and then to marine and vagaries of foulants.
A common phenomenon concerning cold surfaces which are subjected to a warmer, more humid atmosphere is condensation in the form of water droplets (fogging) or even ice crystals (icing).
During the last few years, different kinds of autonomic and non-autonomic self-healing materials have been prepared using diverse techniques for a number of applications.
Coating engine components with hard carbon reduces friction to almost zero – a development that could save billions of liters of fuel worldwide every year.
Current available superhydrophobic modification techniques that utilise mussel-inspired polydopamine (pDA) to construct hierarchical structures require the addition of nanoparticles or the usage of a high concentration of dopamine.
In a paper, sol-gel-based transparent easy-to-clean (ETC) coatings are fabricated using organic-inorganic hybrid precursors and fluorinated silane-based hydrophobic surfactants.
A moth’s eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for a superhydrophobic glass coating that holds potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and other products.
Chinese researchers have investigated self-roughened superhydrophobic coatings for continuous oil-water separation.
Clear, durable anti-smudge coatings with a thickness of up to tens of micrometers have been prepared through a graft-copolymer-based approach from commercial precursors.
Nanoparticles are specifically adapted to the particular application by Small Molecule Surface Modification (SMSM).
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