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Nanofilm with Directional Wetting and Adhesion Properties

Nanofilm with Directional Wetting and Adhesion Properties

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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Pennsylvania State University have developed a nanofilm comprised of structured poly-(p-xylyene) (PPX) with directional wetting, adhesion, and droplet transport properties. The direction and extent of adhesion and wetability is adjusted through the formation of the PPX nanorods, which are fabricated with commercially available vapor deposition equipment. The result is a pattern of columns oriented at a non-perpendicular angle and a nanoscale surface roughness with unidirectional wetting properties. The film allows for water droplets to be pinned to the surface in several directions, including vertically. However, when the film is rotated to the release position, the microscale droplets are transported off the film smoothly and without deformation. The nanofilm’s ability to unidirectionally transport water droplets allows for numerous microfluidic and lab on chip applications. NRL has all rights to this technology.

NRL Technology Transfer Office
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/techtransfer/fs.php?fs_id=MAT37

Naval Research Laboratory website
http://www.nrl.navy.mil
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Pennsylvania State University have developed a nanofilm comprised of structured poly-(p-xylyene) (PPX) with directional wetting, adhesion, and droplet transport properties. The direction and extent of adhesion and wetability is adjusted through the formation of the PPX nanorods, which are fabricated with commercially available vapor deposition equipment. The result is a pattern of columns oriented at a non-perpendicular angle and a nanoscale surface roughness with unidirectional wetting properties. The film allows for water droplets to be pinned to the surface in several directions, including vertically. However, when the film is rotated to the release position, the microscale droplets are transported off the film smoothly and without deformation. The nanofilm’s ability to unidirectionally transport water droplets allows for numerous microfluidic and lab on chip applications. NRL has all rights to this technology.

NRL Technology Transfer Office
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/techtransfer/fs.php?fs_id=MAT37

Naval Research Laboratory website
http://www.nrl.navy.mil

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Published by: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on Aug 30, 2012
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