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United States Patent Application

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Superhydrophobic Transparent Glass Thin Films
An article having a nanostructured surface and a method of making the same are described. The article can include a substrate and a nanostructured layer bonded to the substrate. The nanostructured layer can include a plurality of spaced apart nanostructured features comprising a contiguous, protrusive material and the nanostructured features can be sufficiently small that the nanostructured layer is optically transparent. A surface of the nanostructured features can be coated with a continuous hydrophobic coating. The method can include providing a substrate; depositing a film on the substrate; decomposing the film to form a decomposed film; and etching the decomposed film to form the nanostructured layer.
Aytug, Tolga (Knoxville, TN), Simpson, John T. (Clinton, TN), Christen, David K. (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
12/ 915,183
October 29, 2010