UBCO researchers create liquid-repelling substance that works on all surfaces

EurekAlert  July 15, 2020 Omniphobic–all-liquid repellent–films can repel a broad range of liquids, but the applicability of these coatings has always been limited to silicon wafers or smooth glass. Researchers in Canada have developed a facile procedure to generate an omniphobic coating on any surface, including metals, paper, ceramics, etc. The process involves depositing an ultra smooth, silicon wafer-like silica layer and then treating this layer with a highly reactive chlorosilane, which grafts polydimethylsiloxane chains onto the surface. Negligible contact angle hysteresis (≤1°) for various liquids, including ultralow surface tension oils, alcohols, and fluoro-solvents, was achieved on many different substrates […]