An optically transparent, hydrophobic coating, exhibiting an average contact angle of at least 100 degrees with a drop of water. The coating can be produced using low-cost, environmentally friendly components. Methods of preparing and using the optically transparent, hydrophobic coating.
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 This invention was made with government support under contract No. DE-ACO5-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.