Biomimetic bubble-repellent tubes: Microdimple arrays enhance repellency of bubbles inside of tubes

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Abstract

The adhesion of bubbles underwater remains the greatest cause of malfunctions in applications such as microfluidics, medical devices, and heat exchangers. Recently, the combination of oxidization and peeling the top layer of self-organized honeycomb films with an adhesive tape resulted in the formation of an ultra-bubble-repellent and pillared polymer surface structure. However, the fabrication of honeycomb films on the inner surface of tubes and the formation of structured hydrophilic textures by peeling the top layer of honeycomb films still remain problematic. In this report, a simple fabrication technique for producing a honeycomb-patterned polymer film on the interior of a tube by dip-coating a polymer solution and blowing humid air in the tube is described. Furthermore, an ultra-bubblerepellent dimple-arrayed structure was fabricated by applying ultrasonication to the honeycomb structure formed on the interior surface of the tubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalLangmuir
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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