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Unobtrusive graphene coatings

The contact angle of water drops on substrates for which the wettability is dominated by van der Waals forces remains unchanged when the substrates are coated with a monolayer of graphene. Such 'wetting transparency' could lead to superior conducting and hydrophobic graphene-coated surfaces with tunable electronic properties.

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Figure 1: Graphene's wetting transparency.


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Mugele, F. Unobtrusive graphene coatings. Nature Mater 11, 182–183 (2012).

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