One-step process for the construction of a superhydrophobic surface
A superhydrophobic surface with biomimetic micronanostructures was prepared in this study. The Mammillaria herrerae-like microspheres, carnation-like microclusters and carnation-petal-like nanoslices of biomimetic micronanostructures on magnesium alloy surface can create a stable superhydrophobic surface, which is similar to the “lotus leaf” structure.
Improving the corrosion properties of magnesium alloy
The as-prepared superhydrophobic surface had a contact angle of 158.5° and a sliding angle of 2.0°. It was characterised by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and contact angle measurement. Potentiodynamic polarisation measurements demonstrated that the superhydrophobic surface greatly improved the corrosion properties of magnesium alloy in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution.
The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 100, November 2016, Pages 56–62.