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Universal Nature-Inspired Coatings for Preparing Noncharging Surfaces

Universal Nature-Inspired Coatings for Preparing Noncharging Surfaces
Yan Fang, Siowling Soh, Spandhana Gonuguntla
Static charge generated by contact electrification on surfaces can lead to many undesirable consequences such as a reduction in the efficiency of manufacturing processes, damage to equipment, and explosions. However, it is extremely challenging to avoid contact electrification because it is ubiquitous: almost all types of materials charge on contact. Here, we coated materials with naturally occurring polydopamine (PDA) and tannic acid (TA) for preparing noncharging surfaces. Importantly, these coatings are very versatile and can be coated on a wide range of materials, including metals, inorganic materials, semiconductors, and polymers. Once coated, the amount of charge generated was found to reduce dramatically at different humidities. The reduction in charge may be due to the radical-scavenging property of PDA and TA. This simple general approach is ideal for coating the vast variety of materials that need to resist charging by contact electrification.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b07711

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07711

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