Applied Physics A

, 122:968 | Cite as

Facile method to prepare a transparent superhydrophobic PET film

  • Jian WangEmail author
  • Hong Chen
  • Xian Wang
  • Zhiqing YuanEmail author


A simple method to fabricate a transparent superhydrophobic coating was developed by spraying PDMS/SiO2 nanoparticles suspension on a hydrophilic PET film. This PDMS/SiO2 nanoparticles suspension was prepared by fully diluting and properly stirring. When this suspension was sprayed on the surface of PET film at a distance of about 30 cm for 2 s, a porous micro-nano-binary structure was formed, which endowed the hydrophilic PET film superhydrophobicity, while the PET film maintained transparent after spraying with a SiO2 nanoparticle layer. The as-prepared superhydrophobic PET film exhibited a high water contact angle of about 155° ± 1.9° and a low water sliding angle of about 7°. The formation mechanism of this transparent superhydrophobic coating on PET film was also discussed in detail in this paper.


Contact Angle PDMS Water Droplet Water Contact Angle Superhydrophobic Surface 
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The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51103036, 51203183), Science and Technology Planning Project of Changsha City (No. k1501122-11).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Powder Metallurgy Research InstituteCentral South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hunan Yiyongfeng Printing Packaging Co., LtdChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Central South University of Forestry and TechnologyChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.School of Packaging and Materials EngineeringHunan University of TechnologyZhuzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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