Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic SiO2-coated ZnO nanorod arrays

Yangqin Gao, Issam Gereige, Abdulrahman El Labban, Dong Kyu Cha, Tayirjan T. Isimjan, Pierre Beaujuge

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Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic arrays of SiO 2-coated ZnO nanorods are prepared in a sequence of low-temperature (<150 C) steps on both glass and thin sheets of PET (2 × 2 in. 2), and the superhydrophobic nanocomposite is shown to have minimal impact on solar cell device performance under AM1.5G illumination. Flexible plastics can serve as front cell and backing materials in the manufacture of flexible displays and solar cells. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2219-2223
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 4 2014

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): FIC/2010/02
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Office of Competitive Research Funds (OCRF) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the "Competitive Research Grant" (CRG) program No. FIC/2010/02. The authors thank the Advanced Imaging and Characterization Laboratories at KAUST for technical support. Y.G. thanks Prof. Boon Ooi and Dr. TienKhee Ng for helpful discussions and useful scientific insights. The authors thank Dr. Clement Cabanetos for providing the PBDTTPD polymer.

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  • General Materials Science


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