Superhydrophobic Coatings Shield Surfaces

Superhydrophobic coatings shield surfaces from detrimental effects caused by water molecules. Hence, they are used in various applications that face significant threat from humid conditions. The electronics industry extensively uses these coatings. Smartphones, LED and LCD displays, hard disc, printers, and other water-sensitive electronic components are major areas of application in the electronics industry. Superhydrophobic coatings are also employed in medical devices such as needles, syringes, and medical implants. They have broad usage in several optical applications such as sunglasses, ski goggles, lasers, and other high-end optical components. They have potential usage in automotive, aerospace, marine, solar and wind, and textiles industries. Superhydrophobic coatings are applied on glass and plastics-based components of cars in the automotive industry. They are applied on windshields, exterior mechanical parts, helicopter blades, rotors, sensors, etc., in the aerospace industry. Furthermore, superhydrophobic coatings are used in various consumer goods such as stainless steel appliances and kitchen appliances.