Superoleophobicity under vacuum

X.J. Liu, X.L. Wang, Y.M. Liang, Steven Bell, W.M. Liu, F. Zhou

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By using superoleophobic alumina and low vapor pressure oils we have been able to study wetting behavior at high vacuum. Here, we show that a superoleophobic state can exist for some probe liquids, even under high vacuum. However, with other liquids the surfaces are only superoloephobic because air is trapped beneath the droplet and the contact angle decreases dramatically (150 degrees-120 degrees) if this air is removed. These observations open up the possibility of designing materials which fully exploit the potential of physically trapped air to achieve extreme oleophobicity and/or hydrophobicity. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3589352]
Original languageEnglish
Article number194102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 09 May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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