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Researchers discuss self-cleaning and multifunctional materials

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A review article exemplifies the importance of self-cleaning materials and coatings.

Self-cleaning coatings have become an integral part of our daily life Source: Maren Beßler/Pixelio

Self-cleaning coatings have become an integral part of our daily life Source: Maren Beßler/Pixelio

Self-cleaning coatings are becoming an integral part of our daily life because of their utility in various applications such as windows, solar panels, cements, and paints.

Natural organisms exhibit hydrophobic behaviour

In this review, various categories of materials for the fabrication of hydrophilic, hydrophobic, oleophobic, amphiphobic and multifunctional coatings and their synthesis routes have been discussed. Furthermore, different natural organisms exhibiting superhydrophobic behaviour have been analysed. The article also covers the fundamentals of self-cleaning attributes such as water contact angle, surface energy, and contact angle hysteresis.

The study is published in: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Issue 36, 2014.

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