We have developed new compounds and a coating process for preparation of super-phobic surfaces (water and oil). Superhydrophobic surfaces are highly hydrophobic and extremely difficult to wet (Lotus effect). The contact angle of a water droplet exceeds 150° and the contact angle hysteresis is less than 10°.
These kind of micro-nanostructured surfaces have self-cleaning properties non-stick surfaces, and can have applications for the reduction of gasoline consumption for boats and airplanes, frost reduction formation on airfoils and to protect surfaces from dirt.
Available methods require multiple steps in order to manufacture this type of surfaces; they often use high fluorinated compounds. Moreover, these methods have not solved the main issues including durability, mechanical resistance and toxicity induced by high fluor content. Now with our method:
The super-phobic surfaces have been obtained at laboratory scale; we are currently up-scaling the process