Innovative coatings for anti-icing applications
Polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) provided amphiphilicity for the AmpSiGC coatings. The designed experiment considered several factors: molecular weight of the surface-modifying polymers and their amount in the coating system. Although amphiphilic coatings have demonstrated promising results as marine coatings, investigations on their icephobic applications have been limited.
Overall, the surface analysis of the present work indicated the presence of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic domains and most of the coatings demonstrated promising performance for anti-icing applications with desirable barrier and mechanical properties in comparison to controls.
The study has been published in Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, Volume 18, 2021.