The Self-Cleaning Mechanism: Why Nanotexture and Hydrophobicity Matter.

  title={The Self-Cleaning Mechanism: Why Nanotexture and Hydrophobicity Matter.},
  author={Tabea Heckenthaler and Sumesh Sadhujan and Yakov Morgenstern and Prakash Natarajan and Muhammad Y. Bashouti and Yair Kaufman},
  journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids},
Dust particles can adhere to surfaces, thereby decreasing the efficiency of diverse processes, such as light absorption by solar panels. It is well known that super-hydrophobicity reduces the friction between water droplets and the surface, thus, allowing water drops to slide/roll and detach (clean) particles from surfaces. However, the forces that attach and detach particles from surfaces during the self-cleaning mechanism, and the effect of nanotextures on these forces, are not fully… 
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