Organic Non-Wettable Superhydrophobic Fullerite Films

A method of producing nanostructured fullerite films from colloidal gels. Enables electrically, optically, and chemically active films to have a superhydrophobic surface. Applications include electrocatalysis, bacterial disinfection, hydrogen generation.
  • A method of producing nanostructured fullerite films from colloidal gels
  • Enables electrically, optically, and chemically active films to have a superhydrophobic surface
  • Applications include electrocatalysis, bacterial disinfection, hydrogen generation

Short Description:

  • A method of producing nanostructured fullerite films from colloidal gels
  • Enables electrically, optically, and chemically active films to have a superhydrophobic surface
  • Applications include electrocatalysis, bacterial disinfection, hydrogen generation

Abstract:

The University of Central Florida invention is a method and composition to produce superhydrophobic, nanostructured fullerite films from colloidal gels. Fullerenes, the only soluble form of pure carbon, possess unique electrical, chemical, and mechanical properties. By creating a non-wettable film, these materials stay dry for up to three hours when submerged in water, enabling applications in rheology, water purification, electrocatalysis, bacterial disinfection, hydrogen generation, and gas storage, and medical devices.

Partnering Opportunity:

The research team is looking for partners to develop the technology further for commercialization.

Stage of Development

Prototype

Advantages:

  • Makes splitting electrocatalysis easier, enabling more efficient fuel cells and water-repellent display panels
  • Can lead to better electron acceptors, which are key in developing highly sensitive detectors and sensors for toxic gases
  • Preserves the unique functional properties of the material being treated

Potential Applications:

  • Water splitting
  • Bacterial disinfection
  • Hydrogen generation or electrocatalysis

Contact Information:

  • Name: Raju Nagaiah
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  • Email: raju@ucf.edu
  • Phone: 407.882.0593
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