Applied Surface Science, Vol.427, 1129-1136, 2018
Structurally colored films with superhydrophobicity and wide viewing angles based on bumpy melanin-like particles
Non-iridescent structural colors and lotus effect universally existing in the nature provide a great inspiration for artificially developing angle-independent and high hydrophobic structurally colored films. To this end, a facile strategy is put forward for achieving superhydrophobic structurally colored films with wide viewing angles and high visibility based on bumpy melanin-like polydopamine-coated polystyrene particles. Here, hierarchical and amorphous structures are assembled in a self-driven manner due to particles' protrusive surfaces. The superhydrophobicity of the structurally colored films, with water contact angle up to 151 degrees, is realized by combining the hierarchical surface roughness with a dip-coating process of polydimethylsiloxane-hexane solution, while angle-independence revealed in the films is ascribed to amorphous arrays. In addition, benefited from an essential light-absorbing property and high refractive index of polydopamine, the visibility of as-prepared colored films is fundamentally enhanced. Moreover, the mechanical robustness of the films is considerably boosted by inletting 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. This fabrication strategy might provide an opportunity for promoting the open-air application of structurally colored coatings. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.