Disclosed in this specification is a method for coating a substrate to prevent dewetting. A suspension of nanoparticles is deposited onto the substrate to produce a nanoparticle layer. The nanoparticle layer is then coated with a monomer. The monomer polymerizes on the nanoparticle layer to produce a polymeric layer.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT
 This invention was made with government support under contract no. SCIGM093930 awarded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), contact no. 0653056 awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and contract no. DE-AR000014 awarded by the Department of Energy (ARPA-E ADEPT). The government has certain rights in the invention.