Mechanical Stability of Liquid-Infused Surfaces Based on Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Chemistry

Chiera S, Ghetina M, Zimmermann T, Wintzheimer S, Stauch C, Loebmann P, Mandel K, Vogel N (2023)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2023


Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc

Article Number: 2300191

DOI: 10.1002/mame.202300191


Liquid-infused surfaces exhibit remarkable repellency properties toward water, oils, and complex fluids and are widely applied to maintain clean, operational, and high-performing surfaces in various fields, from the biomedical sector to marine infrastructure. Polydopamine (PDA) forms an ideal base layer for the development of such coatings as it adheres to virtually any substrate and can be chemically modified via amino-containing molecules to adjust the surface properties. Here, strategies are explored to increase the mechanical stability of such coatings by i) incorporating imidazole during film formation to increase crosslinking, and ii) formation of a composite consisting of the organic PDA and an inorganic siliceous porous coating by infiltration of a preformed porous silica layer with PDA. Both strategies exhibit improved resistance to tangential shear assessed by a sandpaper abrasion test and to dynamic impact assessed by a sand trickle test. These improved mechanical properties are successfully transferred to liquid-infused surfaces created from such modified PDA base layers. The most durable coatings retain efficient liquid repellency after 25 abrasion cycles, indicating improved resilience in real-world applications.

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Chiera, S., Ghetina, M., Zimmermann, T., Wintzheimer, S., Stauch, C., Loebmann, P.,... Vogel, N. (2023). Mechanical Stability of Liquid-Infused Surfaces Based on Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Chemistry. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.


Chiera, Salvatore, et al. "Mechanical Stability of Liquid-Infused Surfaces Based on Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Chemistry." Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (2023).

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