Applied Surface Science, Vol.258, No.11, 4906-4910, 2012
Superhydrophobic silver surface with dendrites structure on steel substrate by a facile electroless galvanic deposition process
A simple electroless galvanic deposition process to prepare superhydrophobic surface on steel substrate is presented here. Micro- and nano roughness structure is generated on steel surface by the deposition of silver dendrites with nanoscale leaves. After modified with stearic acid, the as-prepared surface shows a remarkable superhydrophobicity with a high water contact angle (WCA) of 158 degrees and a low sliding angle of about 2 degrees. The surface also shows non-sticking properties to a 4 mu L water droplet. The cooperation of dendrites structure and stearic acid modification is responsible for the superhydrophobicty of the as-prepared surface. This simple and reliable method is of great significance to the large scale fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces on steel substrate. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.