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Fabrication of Superhydrophilic Surfaces by Aluminum-Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon

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Kenneth Kollias

Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Hengyu Wang, Min Zou

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Paper No. MicroNano2008-70143, pp. 631-633; 3 pages
  • 2008 Second International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • 2008 Second International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, June 3–5, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4294-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3819-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Aluminum-induced crystallization (AIC) of amorphous silicon (a-Si) was, for the first time, used to produce textured surfaces to increase the wettability of solid substrates. It was found that glass substrates textured by AIC of a-Si technique exhibit highly stable superhydrophilic property. The water contact angle (WCA) of the textured glass surfaces became less than 5° in 0.5 second immediately after the AIC of a-process and remained less than 10° in 1 second even after the samples were stored in air for 192 hours.

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