Complete Prevention of Contact Electrification by Molecular Engineering

Yuankai Jin, Wanghuai Xu, Huanhuan Zhang, Huanxi Zheng, Yaqi Cheng, Xiantong Yan, Shouwei Gao, Daoai Wang, Yunlong Zi, Feng Zhou, Zuankai Wang

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Electrostatic charges caused by contact electrification are ubiquitous in nature, and their accumulation on surfaces could cause many undesirable consequences. Despite notable progress, existing antistatic approaches are heavily dependent on either the modification of the bulk materials or the delicate control of surface patterning. Taking advantage of the fact that contact electrification originates from electron transfer dictated by surface potential difference, herein, we report the rational design of chemically heterogeneous but electrostatically homogeneous coatings through the molecular engineering of the surface potential to suppress electron transfer so as to completely prevent electrostatic charge generation during contact electrification. Our strategy is general, endowing the simple fabrication of robust antistatic coatings on arbitrary surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-301
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • antistatic coating
  • contact electrification
  • electron transfer
  • electrostatic charge
  • MAP3: Understanding
  • molecular engineering
  • surface potential
  • triboelectric series
  • tunable surface charge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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