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Transparent Super-Repellent Surfaces with Low Haze and High Jet Impact Resistance

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posted on 09.03.2021, 13:38 by Heng Luo, Meng Yang, Dongdong Li, Qianxiang Wang, Weizhi Zou, Jian Xu, Ning Zhao
Transparent superhydrophobic surfaces are of vital significance for rising applications in optoelectronics, outdoor displays, building windows, and so on. However, facile fabrication of surfaces combining stable superhydrophobicity and high transparency with particularly low haze remains a challenge. Here, we demonstrate a nonfluorinated hierarchical surface, simply prepared by sequential spraying of a primer of poly­(ethylene-co-acrylic acid) (EAA) and silica nanoparticles (SiO2). The resultant surface shows remarkable liquid repellency (e.g., an apparent contact angle of >160° and a sliding angle of <2° for honey) and high transparency (a transmittance of ∼91% and a haze of ∼6%). Especially, flexible EAA adhesive enables the surface to resist water impinging (up to ∼15.0 m s–1, higher than the terminal velocities of raindrops) and mechanical damaging. This super-repellent surface also presents excellent UV and chemical stability, sustaining a superhydrophobic state upon UVA exposure for 60 days and acidic corrosion or oil contamination for 7 days. With multirobustness and scalability, our coatings show great potential in related fields.