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|Superhydrophobic Antiviral Surfaces|
During the pandemic, the importance of
developing and using personal protective equipment (PPE) that is
both hydrophobic (self-cleaning) and antiviral became more clearly
recognized.1 Researchers in England have recently
proposed a novel method for producing multitier hierarchical
structured surfaces that possess both these properties.2
The method employs creating self-assembled, multitier structured surfaces with antiviral and hydrophobic properties. And it relies on both a nanostructured surface design as well as surface-active chemical groups to dictate how the surface responds to virus particles within a drop of liquid. The method employs both microstructure and nanostructure topology to control how the surface coating interacts with molecules and its surroundings. This method outperforms single-tier functional structured surfaces in several ways, including the ability to overcome droplet-pinning effects. Moreover, the methodology provides a straightforward path to robust structured coatings that retain both hierarchical microstructure and nanostructure features and allow for the exploitation of surface-active functional groups. Another key feature is mechanical robustness which is often absent in novel surface designs. All of this is accomplished with low cost materials and a scalable spray application process that requires no specialized equipment. It's proposed that this novel method supports advances in biotechnology, materials engineering, and surface science research.
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