Fluoroalkylated Silicon-Containing Surfaces - Estimation of Solid Surface Energy
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA
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The design of robust omniphobic surfaces, which are not wetted by low surface tension liquids such as octane gamma1v 21.6 mNm and methanol gammalv 22.7 mNm, requires an appropriately chosen surface micronano-texture in addition to a low solid surface energy gammasv. 1H,1H,2H,2H-Heptadecafluorodecyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane fluorodecyl POSS offers one of the lowest solid surface energy values ever reported gammasv 10 mNm and has become the molecule of choice for coating textured surfaces. In this work, we synthesize and evaluate a series of related molecules that either retain the POSS cage and differ in fluoroalkyl chain length or that retain the fluorodecyl chains surrounding a linear or cyclic molecular structure. The solid surface energy gammasv of these molecules was estimated using contact angle measurements on flat spin-coated silicon wafer surfaces. Zisman analysis was performed using a homologous series of n-alkanes 15.5 gammalv equal 27.5 mNm, while Girifalco-Good analysis was performed using a set of polar and non-polar liquids with a wider range of liquid surface tension 15.5 gamma lv 72.1 mNm. The hydrogen bond donating, hydrogen bond accepting, polar and nonpolar dispersion contributions to the solid surface energy of each compound were determined by probing the surfaces using a set of three liquid droplets of either acetone, chloroform and dodecane or diiodomethane, dimethyl sulfoxide and water.
- Inorganic Chemistry