Superhydrophobic properties of nonaligned boron nitride nanotube films
journal contributionposted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Luhua LiLuhua Li, Ying (Ian) ChenYing (Ian) Chen
Superhydrophobicity is highly desirable for numerous applications. Here, we report that a semierect but nonaligned boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) film showed superhydrophobicity with contact angle above 170° and a small contact angle hysteresis. This superhydrophobicity was stable over a large range of drop sizes, and the measured critical transition pressure was about 10 kPa. However, the prostrate BNNT films only showed hydrophobicity. The drop retraction behavior during evaporation, the pressure effect on contact angle, the critical transition pressure, the drop impact behavior, and the self-cleaning efficiency between these two kinds of films were systematically investigated and compared.