Water-repellent coatings prepared by modification of ZnO nanoparticles

Chakradhar, RPS and Dinesh Kumar, V (2012) Water-repellent coatings prepared by modification of ZnO nanoparticles. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 94 . pp. 352-357.

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Abstract

Superhydrophobic coatings with a static water contact angle (WCA) > 150° were prepared by modifying ZnO nanoparticles with stearic acid (ZnO@SA). ZnO nanoparticles of size ∼14 nm were prepared by solution combustion method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies reveal that as prepared ZnO has hexagonal wurtzite structure whereas the modified coatings convert to zinc stearate. Field emission scanning electron micrographs (FE-SEM) show the dual morphology of the coatings exhibiting both particles and flakes. The flakes are highly fluffy in nature with voids and nanopores. Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrum shows the stearate ion co-ordinates with Zn2+ in the bidentate form. The surface properties such as surface free energy (γp) and work of adhesion (W) of the unmodified and modified ZnO coatings have been evaluated. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy reveals that surface defects play a major role in the wetting behavior.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ZnO;Superhydrophobic;XRD;FE-SEM;Water contact angle; Electron paramagnetic resonance
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Division/Department: Surface Engineering Division, Surface Engineering Division
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 10:02
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2013 10:02
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/11776

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