Synthesis of Naturally Inspired Superhydrophobic Surfaces Using Copper Nanoparticles
Fabian Dauzvardis ’20, Erie, Colorado
Majors: Chemistry; Physics
Cicadae, butterflies, darkling beetles, flower petals, and especially the lotus leaf all have evolved to repel water abnormally well. This property originates from the structure that these organisms have on the scale of a nanometer (a thousandth of a thousandth of a thousandth of a meter). This research takes knowledge of these structures and replicates the chemistry and the physics necessary to simply produce superhydrophobic surfaces. Half of a zinc substrate has copper nanoparticles electrolessly deposited onto its surface. Coating this with a non-polar alkanethiol will make the surface superhydrophobic.