Conducting and superhydrophobic rambutan-like hollow spheres of polyaniline

Ying Zhu, Di Hu, Meixiang Wan, Lei Jiang, Yen Wei

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A conductive and superhydrophobic rambutan-like hollow spheres of PANI prepared by a self-assembly method in the presence of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOSA), which served as dopant, soft template, and induced superhydrophobicity at the same time was reported. The resulting hollow PANI spheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Water contact angle and conductivity measurements were also conducted. The results show that not only is the approach used simple but also the conductive hollow spheres, having a large specific area and superhydrophobic properties, might find potential applications in biosensors, drug delivery without loss of drug, controllable separation, and controlled drug release.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2092-2096
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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