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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter October 9, 2021

Application of an Ultrashort-pulsed Laser for Generation of Super-hydrophobic Surfaces

Ali Zahedi , Christian Jauch and Bahman Azarhoushang

Abstract

Hydrophobic surfaces have gained a vast attention in different fields of biomedical applications over the last few years. Laser treatment has been shown as a promising technology for the generation of functional, inter alia, superhydrophobic surfaces. In this study a picosecond Yb-YAG laser was assigned for the generation of superhydrophobic characteristics on a steel alloy with application in surgical instrumentation. Regarding the ablation energy threshold of about 6 μJ for the given pulse width and laser beam characteristics and by assigning a suitable combination of microstructure kinematics and laser processing conditions a persistent hierarchical pattern is mapped over the laser-radiated surfaces. The average measured contact angle on the laserradiated surfaces was about 150°, which indicates their superhydrophobic properties.

Published Online: 2021-10-09
Published in Print: 2021-10-01

© 2021 The Author(s), published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

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