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TitleModification of paper using polyhydroxybutyrate to obtain biomimetic superhydrophobic substrates
Author(s)González-Obeso, Constancio
Sousa, M. P.
Wenlong Song
Rodriguez-Perez, M. A.
Bhushan, Bharat
Mano, J. F.
KeywordsSuperhydrophobic surfaces
Biomimetic
Patterned paper
Microfluidic devices
Issue date2013
PublisherElsevier
JournalColloids and Surfaces a : Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Abstract(s)Inspired in nature, the creation of synthetic superhydrophobic surfaces is nowadays a major object of study, with many potential applications in different fields. The fabrication of such substrates has been dominated by the use of non biodegradable and poorly flexible materials, using expensive and complex procedures. To overcome this issue, we propose a simple concept for fabricating low-cost, biodegradable, and flexible biomimetic superhydrophobic materials, using paper as substrate. The methodology includes the precipitation of poly(hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) on the surface of cellulose fibers of papers using a phase separation process. The obtained surfaces showed a rough texture, at both micro and nano length scales and an apparent water contact angle of 153.0 ± 0.7◦. Furthermore we showed that argon plasma treatment increases the surface wettability and it is possible to control the wettability in certain regions by using adequate hollowed masks. Such findings could be used for the production of cheap open-microfluidic or lab-on-chip devices, using materials from renewable resources.
TypeArticle
Description"Available online 6 October 2012"
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/24897
DOI10.1016/j.colsurfa.2012.09.052
ISSN0927-7757
Publisher versionhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2012.09.052
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:3B’s - Artigos em revistas/Papers in scientific journals

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