Abstract: Superhydrophobic materials have drawn great attention due to its' remarkable non-wetting properties and applications in many fields. In this paper, we synthesize a hollow superhydrophobic SiO2 powder by typical template method and self-assembly functionalization. Robustness of many superhydrophobic surfaces has become the development bottleneck for industrial applications. Aiming at this problem, the adhesive epoxy resin is specially taken to use as the binding layer between superhydrophobic SiO2 powder and substrates to create robust superhydrophobic coating. The mechanical durability of the obtained superhydrophobic coating is evaluated by a cyclic sandpaper abrasion. Also, the chemical stability of this superhydrophobic coating is assessed by exposuring it to different pH conditions and UV irradiation, respectively. Significantly, because of the special structure and superhydrophobicity/superoleophilicity of the hollow microspheres, these hollow superhydrophobic SiO2 powders manifest great oil-adsorbing capacity, which thus can be used to separate oil/water mixtures and remove oil from oil-in-water emulsions.
KeyWords Plus: OIL-WATER SEPARATION; SUPEROLEOPHILIC NANOFIBROUS MEMBRANES; COPPER SURFACES; PVDF MEMBRANES; MESH FILM; FABRICATION; PARTICLES; MIXTURES; STRATEGY; COATINGS
Published in JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, 494 54-63; 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.01.070 MAY 15 2017