Temperature-triggered collection and release of water from fogs by a sponge-like cotton fabric

H. Yang, H. Zhu, M.M.R.M. Hendrix, N.J.H.G.M. Lousberg, G. With, de, A.C. Carvalho Esteves, de, John H. Xin

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Abstract

A sponge-like cotton fabric autonomously collects and releases water from fogs triggered by typical day-and-night temperature variations. The reversible switching between absorbing-superhydrophilic/releasing-superhydrophobic states results from structural changes of a temperature-responsive polymer grafted on the very rough fabric-surface. This material and concept presents a breakthrough into simple and versatile solutions for collection, uni-directional flow, and purification of water captured from the atmosphere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1150-1154
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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