Layer-by-layer fabrication of broad-band superhydrophobic antireflection coatings in near-infrared region

Lianbin Zhang, Yang Li, Junqi Sun*, Jiacong Shen

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Broad-band superhydrophobic antireflective (AR) coatings in near infrared (NIR) region were readily fabricated on silicon or quartz substrates by a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique. First, a porous poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)/SiO2 nanoparticle multilayer coating with AR property was prepared by LbL deposition of PDDA and 200 nm SiO2 nanoparticles. PDDA was then alternately assembled with sodium silicate on the PDDA/SiO2 nanoparticle coating to prepare a two-level hierarchical surface. Superhydrophobic AR coating with a water contact angle of 154° was finally obtained after chemical vapor deposition of a layer of fluoroalkylsilane on the hierarchical surface. Quartz substrate with the as-fabricated superhydrophobic AR coating has a maximal transmittance above 98% of incidence light in the NIR region, which is increased by five percent compared with bare quartz substrate. Simultaneously, the superhydrophobic property endows the AR coating with water-repellent ability. Such superhydrophobic AR coatings can effectively avoid the disturbance of water vapor on their AR property and are expected to be applicable under humid environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-308
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC Grants 20304004), the Foundation for the Author of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of PR China (FANEDD Grant 200323), the National Basic Research Program (2007CB808003), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET) and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (PCSIRT Grant IRT0422).


  • Antireflection
  • Layer-by-layer assembly
  • Multilayer films
  • SiO nanoparticles
  • Superhydrophobic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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