August 1, 2017.
I had a great time at AFRL this year. Thank you for everything STAR!
Fluoro-Decyl POSS (FDP) has shown strong potential as a water repellant surface coating. Additionally, Fomblin is a solvent believed to have the ability to control the crystallization of POSS compounds on surfaces. Controlling the crystallization is key to improving water repelling abilities of surfaces. Thus, dip coating FDP and Fomblin onto surfaces is being investigated for water repulsion, mechanical stability, and deposition feasibility. Relative water repelling abilities of different coatings were determined by measuring contact angle of surfaces with water. Coatings with and without POSS and Fomblin were compared. It was shown that the surfaces treated with both POSS and Fomblin were better at repelling water than those with just POSS or Fomblin alone, or neither.
Polymer and Organic Materials
Jeffrey Alston and Andrew Guenthner
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
The 2017 STEM Teacher and Researcher Program and this project have been made possible through support from Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org), the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and California Polytechnic State University, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.