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dc.contributor.authorBera, Bijoyendra
dc.contributor.authorShahidzadeh, Noushine
dc.contributor.authorMishra, Himanshu
dc.contributor.authorBonn, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-28T07:32:16Z
dc.date.available2017-12-28T07:32:16Z
dc.date.issued2016-11-28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/626566
dc.description.abstractThe wetting properties of graphene have proven controversial and difficult to assess. The presence of a graphene layer on top of a substrate does not significantly change the wetting properties of the solid substrate, suggesting that a single graphene layer does not affect the adhesion between the wetting phase and the substrate. However, wetting experiments of water on graphene show contact angles that imply a large amount of adhesion. Here, we investigate the wetting of graphene by measuring the mass of water vapor adsorbing to graphene flakes of different thickness at different relative humidities. Our experiments unambiguously show that the thinnest of graphene flakes do not adsorb water, from which it follows that the contact angle of water on these flakes is ~180o. Thicker flakes of graphene nanopowder, on the other hand, do adsorb water. A calculation of the van der Waals (vdW) interactions that dominate the adsorption in this system confirms that the adhesive interactions between a single atomic layer of graphene and water are so weak that graphene is superhydrophobic. The observations are confirmed in an independent experiment on graphene-coated water droplets that shows that it is impossible to make liquid 'marbles' with molecularly thin graphene.
dc.publisherarXiv
dc.relation.urlhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1611.09093v3
dc.relation.urlhttp://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.09093v3
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to arXiv
dc.titleWetting of Water on Graphene
dc.typePreprint
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Program
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
dc.eprint.versionPre-print
dc.contributor.institutionSoft Matter Group, Institute of Physics, Science Park 904, 1098XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
dc.contributor.institutionWater Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
dc.identifier.arxivid1611.09093
kaust.personMishra, Himanshu
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-13T11:03:03Z


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