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Fabrication of Robust and Transparent Slippery Coating with Hot Water Repellency, Antifouling Property, and Corrosion Resistance

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posted on 09.06.2020, 12:34 authored by Jin Yang, Jiayu Li, Xiaohua Jia, Yong Li, Haojie Song
Water-repellent coatings with low sliding angles for aqueous liquids are of great significance for practical applications. However, these coatings are susceptible to various types of damage during service and lose their effect. Herein, a robust and transparent slippery coating with extremely low water sliding angle was fabricated by covalently grafting polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) brushes in a cross-linked skeleton of epoxy resin. Polyamidoamine G5.0 with 128 NH2 end groups was used as curing agent to induce the high cross-linking of the coating and the abundant PDMS brushes being grafted into it. Because of low surface energy and high mobility of PDMS brushes, the obtained coating exhibited a slippery performance for aqueous liquids (10 μL) with a sliding angle lower than 3° and a sliding speed as high as 1.16 mm/s. Even a 10 μL water droplet with temperature of 80 °C can slide off the coating at a low sliding angle (<5°). The strong intermolecular interactions of epoxy cross-linked skeleton endowed the coating with excellent physical and chemical stability. The sliding angle of the coating had no obvious change after heating at 120 °C for 100 h and placing outdoors for 7 months. The slippery performance was not affected by thumb press, knife scratching, high-speed friction, and water of different pH values. Furthermore, because of the excellent stability, antifouling performance, and corrosion resistance, the slippery coating can be applied to a variety of substrates, which makes the robust slippery coating have real potential for practical applications.