Superhydrophobicity preventing surface contamination as a novel strategy against COVID-19

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-619
Number of pages7
Journal / PublicationJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Online published11 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2021


Surface contact with virus is ubiquitous in the transmission pathways of respiratory diseases such as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by which contaminated surfaces are infectious fomites intensifying the transmission of the disease. To date, the influence of surface wettability on fomite formation remains elusive. Here, we report that superhydrophobicity prevents the attachment of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on surfaces by repelling virus-laden droplets. Compared to bare surfaces, superhydrophobic (SHPB) surfaces exhibit a significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 attachment of up to 99.99995%. We identify the vital importance of solid-liquid adhesion in dominating viral attachment, where the viral activity (N) is proportional to the cube of solid-liquid adhesion (A), NA3. Our results predict that a surface would be practically free of SARS-CoV-2 deposition when solid-liquid adhesion is ≤1 mN. Engineering surfaces with superhydrophobicity would open an avenue for developing a general approach to preventing fomite formation against the COVID-19 pandemic and future ones. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Elsevier Inc.

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  • COVID-19, Fomite transmission, SARS-CoV-2, Superhydrophobicity, Surface contamination