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Studies from Lanzhou University of Technology Describe New Findings in Applied Polymer Science

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Applied Polymer Science have been published. According to news originating from Lanzhou, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Cauliflower-like polyaniline (PANI) was successfully prepared using an interfacial polymerization method. By modification with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using chemical vapor deposition method, the surface wettability of cauliflower-like PANI can be tailored to be superhydrophobic with a water contact angle of 160.4 degrees."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Lanzhou University of Technology, "The deposition of the low-surface-energy silicon coating originated from PDMS pyrolysis on the cauliflower-like PANI was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The changes in thermal stability and conductivity of the as-prepared PANI before and after PDMS treatment were also investigated by thermogravimetric analysis and using a four-probe method. Compared with nanofiber-shaped PANI by electrodepositing polymerization, the PDMS-treated cauliflower-like PANI has superior surface wettability."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Our study may open a new way for fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces by developing novel nanostructured PANI."

For more information on this research see: Preparation of Superhydrophobic Surfaces by Cauliflower-Like Polyaniline. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2014;131(2):192-196. Journal of Applied Polymer Science can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Journal of Applied Polymer Science -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J.F. Cui, Lanzhou Univ Technol, Dept. of Chem Engn, Coll Petrochem Engn, Lanzhou 730050, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include X.M. Bao, H.X. Sun, J. An, J.H. Guo, B.P. Yang and A. Li.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Lanzhou, Applied Polymer Science, People's Republic of China

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