Provided are superhydrophobic coatings, devices and articles including superhydrophobic coatings, and methods for preparing the superhydrophobic coatings. The exemplary superhydrophobic device can include a substrate component and one or more superhydrophobic coatings disposed over the substrate component, wherein at least one of the one or more superhydrophobic coatings has a water contact angle of at least about 150.degree. and a contact angle hysteresis of less than about 1.degree.. The one or more superhydrophobic coatings can include an ultra high water content acid catalyzed polysilicate gel, the polysilicate gel including a three dimensional network of silica particles having surface functional groups derivatized with a silylating agent and a plurality of pores.
The present invention was developed under Contract Nos. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy and FA9550-06-C-0033 awarded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.