Hydrophobic Light-to-Heat Conversion Membranes with Self-Healing Ability for Interfacial Solar Heating

Lianbin Zhang, Bo Tang, Jinbo Wu, Renyuan Li, Peng Wang

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Self-healing hydrophobic light-to-heat conversion membranes for interfacial solar heating are fabricated by deposition of light-to-heat conversion material of polypyrrole onto a porous stainless-steel mesh, followed by hydrophobic fluoroalkylsilane modification. The mesh-based membranes spontaneously stay at the water-air interface, collect and convert solar light into heat, and locally heat only the water surface for enhanced evaporation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4889-4894
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • interfacial heating
  • light-to-heat conversion
  • membranes
  • self-healing
  • wetting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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