Reproducible and fast preparation of superhydrophobic surfaces via an ultrasound-accelerated one-pot approach for oil collection

Biyun Wang, Yanlin Ma, Ni Wang, Juanli Wang, Jing Luo, Bo Peng, Ziwei Deng

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The currently available superhydrophobic coating techniques that utilize mussel-inspired polydopamine coating to construct hierarchical superhydrophobic structures require multiply procedures and are time-consuming processes. Here, we propose an ultrasound-accelerated strategy to various commercial sponges with hierarchically structured superhydrophobic surfaces by briefly submerging sponges into a slightly alkaline aqueous mixture comprising dopamine hydrochloride (DA) and dodecyltrimethoxysilane (DTMS) under ultrasound. The ultrasound is found significantly accelerate the hierarchical surface structures from PDA, while only minorly influences the hydrolysis of DTMS that hydrophobically modifies the surface of PDA. As a result, the hierarchical superhydrophobic surfaces are formed within 25 min. In addition, the superhydrophobicity of the surface can be recovered by repeating this ultrasound-assisted process, provided that the superhydrophobic feature is vanished or lost during their use in a harsh environment. These superhydrophobic sponges are superior materials for oil collection from water, in a durably robust, efficient and recyclable manner with multi-life span. This strategy presents a rather high efficient and time-saving process for constructing/recovering hierarchical superhydrophobic surfaces, which may be useful for the rapid engineering commercial materials with restorable superhydrophobic surfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Article number118036
Number of pages8
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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