Superhydrophobic Au/polymer nanocomposite films via AACVD/swell encapsulation tandem synthesis procedure

Dixon, S. C., Peveler, W. J. , Noor, N., Bear, J. C. and Parkin, I. P. (2016) Superhydrophobic Au/polymer nanocomposite films via AACVD/swell encapsulation tandem synthesis procedure. RSC Advances, 6(37), pp. 31146-31152. (doi:10.1039/C6RA00176A)

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Abstract

A synthetic route is presented for creating well-attached Au/polymer nanocomposite thin films on glass which exhibit superhydrophobicity. Such films have been demonstrably difficult to synthesise by established means. The synthetic route devised here affords great control over the functional, physical and chemical properties of the end product. A superhydrophobic PDMS thin film is deposited on a glass substrate by aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD), then gold nanoparticles are incorporated by swelling the polymer film in a dispersion of the nanoparticles in toluene, which diffuse into the polymer and become embedded upon drying. Characterisation of the nanoparticles and resultant composite films are carried out using electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water droplet contact angle measurements.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Peveler, Dr William
Authors: Dixon, S. C., Peveler, W. J., Noor, N., Bear, J. C., and Parkin, I. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:RSC Advances
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:2046-2069
ISSN (Online):2046-2069
Published Online:21 March 2016

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