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The purpose of this project was to determine if titanium can be made hydrophobic via treatment with perfluorooctyltrimethoxysilane (PFTMS) solution. The reaction proceeds by attachment of the silane to a surface hydroxyl. Because of this, the samples were pre-treated with a hydroxylating agent H2O2 as part of the sample preparation process. The experiment consisted of four samples groups: clean, hydroxylated, silanized (1 h), and silanized (24 h). The results indicate that only one hour is needed to silanize the samples effectively.
Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU)
College of Science
Jeffrey J. Weimer
surface functionalization, silanization, titanium functionalization, hydrophobicity, contact angle
Schlosser, Jared, "Functionalizing Titanium with Fluorosilane can make it Water-Repellent" (2023). Summer Community of Scholars Posters (RCEU and HCR Combined Programs). 436.