Impact of laser texturing parameters and processing environment in the anti-wetting transition of nanosecond laser generated textures

J. P. Godoy Vilar, W. S. Góra, T. L. See, D. P. Hand

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Anti-wetting, or superhydrophobic surfaces have been a subject of significant interest in the engineering field for many years, particularly due to the potential to create self-cleaning surfaces. A droplet of water landing on a superhydrophobic surface will roll or slide away, whilst taking with it any surface debris. Such surfaces exist in nature, and there have been many reports where ultra-short pulsed lasers have been used to generate surfaces with similar feature sizes and hydrophobic performance. However it is also possible to produce superhydrophobic surfaces with short (nanosecond) laser pulses. In this paper we report our work in which flat sheets of SS304S15 were textured using a nanosecond pulsed fibre laser operating at 1064 nm. Quantitative analysis of the wettability of the laser structured surfaces was carried out by measuring the static contact angle of a droplet of deionized water with a volume in the microliter range. As with other reports, these surfaces are initially hydrophilic, and after a time delay of some days to weeks transition to hydrophobic, and in some cases to superhydrophobic. In order to realise a practical process, our work has concentrated in speeding up this transition from weeks to days, and to this end we have studied the role of the processing environment during laser texturing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser-Based Micro- and Nanoprocessing XIV
EditorsUdo Klotzbach, Akira Watanabe, Rainer Kling
ISBN (Electronic)9781510633001
ISBN (Print)9781510632998
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2020
EventSPIE LASE 2020 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 1 Feb 20206 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE LASE 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Laser texturing
  • Short pulsed laser
  • Superhydrophobic
  • Tribology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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