Colin R. Crick

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Superhydrophobic self-cleaning surfaces are based on the surface micro/nanomorphologies; however, such surfaces are mechanically weak and stop functioning when exposed to oil. We have created an ethanolic suspension of perfluorosilane-coated titanium dioxide nanoparticles that forms a paint that can be sprayed, dipped, or extruded onto both hard and soft(More)
The interest in highly water-repellent surfaces has grown in recent years due to the desire for self-cleaning surfaces. A super-hydrophobic surface is one that achieves a water contact angle of 150 degrees or greater. This article explores the different approaches used to construct super-hydrophobic surfaces and identifies the key properties of each surface(More)
A new class of superhydrophobic photocatalytic surfaces that are self-cleaning through light-induced photodegradation and the Lotus effect are presented. The films are formed in a single-step aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) process. The films are durable and show no degradation on continuous exposure to UV-C radiation.
Ionic liquids have earned the reputation of being ‘designer solvents’ due to the wide range of accessible properties and the degree of fine-tuning afforded by varying the constituent ions. Mixtures of ionic liquids offer the opportunity for further fine-tuning of properties. A broad selection of common ionic liquid cations and anions are employed to create(More)
The ability of water to bounce on a surface provides an indication of many of the surface's properties. The technique described in this article uses water bouncing to determine the hydrophobicity of a surface, with a relationship established between water contact angle and number of bounces, which is dependent on the surfaces microstructure.
We propose and outline a novel technique designed to utilize the unique surface repulsion present between aqueous droplets and customizable superhydrophobic surfaces for the on-chip spatial and temporal manipulation of droplets within microfluidic architectures. Through the integration of carefully designed and prepatterned superhydrophobic surfaces into(More)
The use of nanopore biosensors is set to be extremely important in developing precise single molecule detectors and providing highly sensitive advanced analysis of biological molecules. The precise tailoring of nanopore size is a significant step toward achieving this, as it would allow for a nanopore to be tuned to a corresponding analyte. The work(More)
Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with robust electronic band gaps are promising candidate materials for nanometer-scale electronic circuits. Realizing their full potential, however, will depend on the ability to access GNRs with prescribed widths and edge structures and an understanding of their fundamental electronic properties. We report field-effect devices(More)
Silica microfiber wool was systematically functionalized in order to provide an extremely water repellent and oleophilic material. This was carried out using a two-step functionalization that was shown to be a highly effective method for generating an intense water repulsion and attraction for oil. A demonstration of the silica wools application is shown(More)
The fabrication of polymer-nanoparticle composites is extremely important in the development of many functional materials. Identifying the precise composition of these materials is essential, especially in the design of surface catalysts, where the surface concentration of the active component determines the activity of the material. Antimicrobial materials(More)