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Fabrication of omniphobic surfaces

Contact: Christophe FAJOLLES, , christophe.fajolles@cea.fr, 0169089960
By adsorption or grafting of adapted molecules, omniphobic surfaces will be made, i.e. surfaces where either water or oil drops are able to slide easily under the action of a weak stimulus.
Possibility of continuation in PhD: Oui
Deadline for application:27/03/2020

Full description:
For many applications (defrosting, anti-adhesion, cleaning) one aims at surfaces where consensed droplets can be easily removed. The usual method for water is to create hydrophobic surface coatings to create water droplets with a high contact angle and a low hysteresis force: the drops are then easily evacuated under the influence of gravity for example. However, these coatings are generally not very effective for oil drops and are often fragile in the long term. In addition, the coatings may consist of chemical species that will be soon regulated or banned or, in the case of nanostructured coatings, are too sensitive to the pressure that makes them ineffective (impalment transition).
In this training project, possibly followed by a PhD funded by an industrial partner, we propose to explore a new strategy recently developed in our laboratory and in the literature and which consists in creating a liquid-like coating : as nanostructured surfaces mimick lotus leaves, this strategy is inspired from pitcher plants [1]. A first method consists to infusing a liquid in a porous layer [2] but the stability of the liquid can be problematic. More recently, polymers of poly (dimethylsiloxane) kind, grafted or adsorbed on glass surfaces have shown such liquid-like behaviors such as condensed oil drops could slide very easily [3,4]. Yet convincing similar properties for drops of water have not been shown yet since the remnant hysteresis is still quite large.
We therefore propose a training and doctoral project that will consist of optimizing truly omniphobic surfaces. To do this, we will explore different types of polymers and different methods of grafting by controlling especially the chemical nature of surface groups and the associated surface energy. Particular attention will be paid to the thermal annealing of the layers as well as to their aging over time.

[1] Bohn H.F., Federle W., 14138–14143 PNAS September 28, 2004 vol. 101 no. 39
[2] Wong, T. S.; Kang, S. H.; Tang, S. K.; Smythe, E. J.; Hatton, B.
D.; Grinthal, A.; Aizenberg, J. Bioinspired Self-Repairing Slippery
Surfaces with Pressure-Stable Omniphobicity. Nature 2011, 477, 443−
[3] W ang, L.; McCarthy, T. J. Covalently Attached Liquids: Instant
Omniphobic Surfaces with Unprecedented Repellency. Angew. C hem.,
Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 244−248.
[4] Liu, P.; Zhang, H.; He, W .; Li, H.; Jiang, J.; Liu, M.; Sun, H.; He,
M.; Cui, J.; Jiang, L.; Yao, X. Development of “Liquid-Like”
Copolymer Nanocoatings for Reactive Oil-Repellent Surfac e. ACS
Nano 2017, 11 (2), 2248−2256.
Technics/methods used during the internship:
Chemical grafting, optical and atomic force microscopy, IR and XPS spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis

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