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Wetting Behavior of Porous Silicon Surfaces Functionalized with a Fulleropyrrolidine

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posted on 10.10.2006, 00:00 by Davide Dattilo, Lidia Armelao, Michele Maggini, Giovanni Fois, Giampaolo Mistura
We report the immobilization of a fulleropyrrolidine, bearing a dec-9-ynyl functionality, on silicon surfaces through a thermal hydrosilylation protocol. Contact angle measurements on porous silicon (PS) surfaces reveal an unusual dependence of the angle with the PS roughness that apparently contradicts Wenzel's formula. This result has been explained by an extension of Wenzel's model in which the critical angle, which discriminates between the hydrophilic/hydrophobic character of a solid material, is substantially reduced below 90° by surface roughness.