Robust hairy microspheres and derived hairy surfaces by an "inside-out" wet approach

Bin Fei, Chao Zhou, Zongyue Yang, Baitai Qian, Yeeyee Kong, John Haozhong Xin

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Robust hairy microspheres were conveniently synthesized through an "inside-out" protrusion approach consisting of a sol-gel reaction and a radical polymerization, from conventional organosilanes and vinyl monomers. Their hierarchical structures of hard cores and plastic hairs can be adjusted in terms of their sizes and compositions to impart various chemical and physical properties on their surfaces. These hairy microspheres can also be built into hairy surfaces with many useful functions, such as superhydrophobicity. This work opens up a new route for the synthesis of hierarchical particles and enriches the tool library of material and surface engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1435-1439
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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