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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 278936, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/278936
Research Article

Anti-Icing Property of Superhydrophobic Octadecyltrichlorosilane Film and Its Ice Adhesion Strength

Science and Technology on Micro/Nano Fabrication Laboratory, Research Institute of Micro/Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China

Received 23 January 2013; Accepted 30 March 2013

Academic Editor: Huijun Wu

Copyright © 2013 Liang Ge et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

An octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) superhydrophobic film using phase-separation method was prepared to demonstrate the anti-icing property of superhydrophobic surfaces. The superhydrophobicity of the film at − was investigated. It was found that the prepared OTS film retained its superhydrophobicity at − by the measurement of contact angle and roll-off angle. The icing progress of water droplets on the surface at − was observed. It showed that the prepared OTS film can markedly retard the icing process of water droplets and dramatically decrease the ice adhesion strength compared with that of blank surface, which can be used as anti-icing surfaces.