Fundamentals, preparation, and characterization of superhydrophobic wood fiber products
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In this study, we developed a facile method for preparing a superhydrophobic paper surface using a layer-by-layer deposition of polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (polyDADMAC) and silica particles, followed by a fluorination surface treatment with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (POTS, CF3(CF2)5CH2CH2Si(OC2H5)3). The wood fiber products prepared in this study had contact angles of water greater than 150 degree and sliding angles less than 5 degree. Besides their high water repelling property, the superhydrophobic paper products kept a high tensile strength at high relative humidity condition. The superhydrophobic paper products also showed high resistance to bacterial contamination.