Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2009, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (12): 2581-2589.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20091214

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Fabrication and Anti-Corrosion Property of In situ Self-Assembled Super-Hydrophobic Films on Aluminum Alloys

LI Song-Mei, ZHOU Si-Zhuo, LIU Jian-Hua   

  1. Key Laboratory of Aerospace Materials and Performance of the Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, P. R. China
  • Received:2009-07-15 Revised:2009-09-14 Published:2009-11-27
  • Contact: LI Song-Mei


In situ rough structures on an aluminum alloy were formed by anodic oxidation method. After siloxane self-assembly on the rough structures, super-hydrophobic and self-cleaning films were fabricated. The static contact angle of the super-hydrophobic surface with a water drop was 157.5°±2.0° at its maximum and the contact angle hysteresis was less than 3°. The influence of anodic oxidation current density, the water content of the siloxane solution, and self-assembly time on filmformation were studied by Fourier transforminfrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle measurements. Optimum parameters to fabricate the super-hydrophobic surface were obtained. FE-SEM and AFM results indicated that microstructures were obtained by anodic oxidation and nanostructures were obtained by the disorder of self-assembly film. Stable super-hydrophobic surfaces were produced by the cooperation of micro/nano-structures and the low surface free energy of the siloxane films. The electrochemical measurement (potentiodynamic polarization) indicated that the anti-corrosion property of the aluminumalloy was greatly improved by the in situ super-hydrophobic film.

Key words: Super-hydrophobic, In situ, Self-assembly, Siloxane, Anti-corrosion property