Applied Physics Letters
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By combining spin coating and inverse nanotransfer printing, silica-coated gold nanoparticles are patterned onto polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) superhydrophobic surfaces to form a hierarchical structure. A layer of nanoparticles is spin-coated on a flat silicon substrate serving as the stamp, which is then transferred to the raised regions of PDMS surfaces. Our inverse nanotransfer printing is in contrast to the standard nanotransfer printing, which transfers metal from the raised regions of a stamp to a flat PDMS surface. The fabricated hierarchical surface exhibits a higher contact angle and delays the Cassie-Wenzel transition during evaporation of a sessile droplet, indicating an improvement of superhydrophobicity. Finally, we demonstrate that the fabricated nanoparticle-based superhydrophobic surfaces can enhance the Raman intensity and significantly decrease the surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection limit.
Mechanical Engineering | Nanotechnology Fabrication
Silica-Coated Metallic Nanoparticle-Based Hierarchical Super-Hydrophobic Surfaces Fabricated by Spin-Coating and Inverse Nanotransfer Printing.
Applied Physics Letters, 114(23),