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Low-Friction Performance of Stearic Acid Modification of Nano-Textured ZnO Coating

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A simple two-step process has been developed to render the zinc substrate super-hydrophobic, resulting in low-friction properties. The ZnO film with uniform and packed nanorod structure was firstly created by oxidizing the zinc in an aqueous solution containing N,N-dimethylformamide. The as-fabricated surface was then coated by a layer of stearic acid. Scanning electron microscopy, FT-IR Microscope and water contact angle measurement have been performed to characterize the morphological feature, chemical composition and super-hydrophobicity of the surface. The resulting surfaces have a water contact angle as high as 150° and provide effective friction-reducing properties for the zinc substrate.
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Keywords: FRICTION; SUPERHYDROPHOBIC COATING; ZINC

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal consolidating nanoscale research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine into a single and unique reference source. NNL provides the means for scientists, engineers, medical experts and technocrats to publish original short research articles as communications/letters of important new scientific and technological findings, encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
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