Capillary origami and superhydrophobic membrane surfaces

GERALDI, N.R., OUALI, F.F., MORRIS, R.H., MCHALE, G. and NEWTON, M.I., 2013. Capillary origami and superhydrophobic membrane surfaces. Applied Physics Letters, 102 (21). ISSN 0003-6951

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Abstract

Capillary origami uses surface tension to fold and shape solid films and membranes into three-dimensional structures. It uses the fact that solid surfaces, no matter how hydrophobic, will tend to adhere to and wrap around the surface of a liquid. In this work, we report that a superhydrophobic coating can be created, which can completely suppress wrapping as a contacting water droplet evaporates. We also show that using a wetting azeotropic solution of allyl alcohol, which penetrates the surface features, can enhance liquid adhesion and create more powerful Capillary Origami. These findings create the possibility of selectively shaping membrane substrates.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Applied Physics Letters
Creators: Geraldi, N.R., Ouali, F.F., Morris, R.H., McHale, G. and Newton, M.I.
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Date: 2013
Volume: 102
Number: 21
ISSN: 0003-6951
Identifiers:
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10.1063/1.4808015DOI
Rights: © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:29
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:31
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13596

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