Water collecting surfaces Made from Polymer Films
What is it about?
In this publication, we report a very simple method to prepare surface coatings that have an unusual textured surface, consisting of raised bumps on a flat background. Our surfaces are made from two different polymers - one water-hating (hydrophobic), the other water-loving (hydrophilic). This surface pattern yields a material that is a highly efficient water collector; moisture in the atmosphere condenses on these surface at a higher rate than flat films.
Why is it important?
The significance of this work is related to the field of localized water collection and sustainability. Atmospheric water collection is a unique alternative to traditional means of water collection and delivery to households and businesses. Our water collection method is spontaneous, and the materials are particularly cheap and simple to prepare.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Stuart C Thickett