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Fengyuan, Taiwan

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Chang K.-C.,Chung Yuan Christian University | Hsu M.-H.,Chung Yuan Christian University | Lu H.-I.,Center for Nanotechnology at | Lai M.-C.,Chung Yuan Christian University | And 7 more authors.
Carbon | Year: 2014

Nanocasting was used to develop epoxy/graphene composites (EGCs) as corrosion inhibitors with hydrophobic surfaces (HEGC). The contact angle of water droplets on a sample surface can be increased from ∼82 (epoxy surface) to ∼127 (hydrophobic epoxy and EGC). It should be noted that EGC coating was found to provide an excellent corrosion protection effect on cold-rolled steel (CRS) electrode. Enhancement of corrosion protection using EGC coatings could be attributed to the following three reasons: (1) epoxy could act as a physical barrier coating, (2) the hydrophobicity repelled the moisture and further reduced the water/corrosive media adsorption on the epoxy surface, preventing the underlying metals from corrosion attack, and (3) the well-dispersed graphene nanosheets (GNSs) embedded in HEGC matrix could prevent corrosion owing to a relatively higher aspect ratio than clay platelets, which enhances the oxygen barrier property of HEGC. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Chang K.C.,Chung Yuan Christian University | Chuang T.L.,Center for Nanotechnology at | Ji W.F.,Chung Yuan Christian University | Chang C.H.,Chung Yuan Christian University | And 6 more authors.
Express Polymer Letters | Year: 2015

A UV-curing technique was used to develop advanced anticorrosive coatings made of a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/silica composite (PSC) with bioinspired Xanthosoma sagittifolium leaf-like superhydrophobic surfaces. First of all, a transparent soft template with negative patterns of xanthosoma sagittifolium leaf can be fabricated by thermally curing the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) pre-polymer in molds at 60°C for 4 h, followed by detaching PDMS template from the surface of natural leaf. PSC coatings with biomimetic structures can be prepared by performing the UV-radiation process upon casting UV-curable precursor with photo-initiator onto cold-rolled steel (CRS) electrode under PDMS template. Subsequently, UV-radiation process was carried out by using light source with light intensity of 100 mW/cm2 with exposing wavelength of 365 nm. Surface morphologies of the as-synthesized hydrophobic PMMA (HP) and superhydrophobic PSC (SPSC) coatings showed a large number of micro-scaled mastoids, each decorated with many nano-scaled wrinkles that were systematically investigated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The contact angles of water droplets on the sample surfaces can be increased from ~81 and 103° on PMMA and PSC surfaces to ~148 and 163° on HP and SPSC surfaces, respectively. The SPSC coating was found to provide an advanced corrosion protection effect on CRS electrodes compared to that of neat PMMA, PSC, and HP coatings based on a series of electrochemical corrosion measurements in 3.5 wt% NaCl electrolyte. Enhanced corrosion protection of SPSC coatings on CRS electrodes can be illustrated by that the silica nanoparticles on the small papillary hills of the bioinspired structure of the surface further increased the surface roughness, making the surface exhibit superior superhydrophobic, and thus leading to much better anticorrosion performance. © BME-PT.

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