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Mechanically robust transparent anti-icing coatings: roles of dispersion status of titanate nanotubes


Wu, X and Tang, Y and Silberschmidt, VV and Wilson, P and Chen, Z, Mechanically robust transparent anti-icing coatings: roles of dispersion status of titanate nanotubes, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 5, (18) Article 1800773. ISSN 2196-7350 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/admi.201800773


Ice accretion on automobiles, aerospace components, precision instruments, and photovoltaic devices detrimentally affect their performance and increase the maintenance cost. Despite significant efforts devoted to the investigation of anti-icing coatings in the past decades, mechanically robust and transparent anti-icing coatings are rarely reported. In this study, titanate nanotubes are used as filler to prepare mechanically robust anti-icing coatings with a sol-gel method. Specially, the effect of dispersion status of nanotubes on the transmittance, surface roughness, and water repellency is investigated. The optimized smooth, transparent coating exhibits higher water repellency and better anti-icing performance in terms of ice-adhesion strength, icing delay time, and ice-nucleation temperature than the rough one. Much higher hardness and scratch resistance than that of commercially available icephobic or anti-icing coatings is obtained on the smooth, transparent sample; the coating also presents good adhesion to the substrate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anti-icing, mechanical properties, sol-gel, titanate nanotubes, transparent
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Nanochemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Wilson, P (Professor Peter Wilson)
ID Code:131919
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-04-11
Last Modified:2019-05-06

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