Journal of Inorganic Materials ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (2): 159-163.DOI: 10.15541/jim20180116

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λ/4-λ/2 Double-layer Broadband Antireflective Coatings with Superhydrophilicity and Photocatalysis

LI Yuan-Yang, JIANG Bo   

  1. Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry & Technology, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
  • Received:2018-03-15 Revised:2018-07-19 Published:2019-02-20 Online:2019-01-24
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Antireflective (AR) coatings, which can suppress the undesired interfacial Fresnel reflections, are widely used in optical devices and energy-related instruments. Conventional single-layer quarter-wave AR coatings, which only work at a single wavelength, have been seriously limited in some practical applications because of this inherent property. In this work, broadband AR coatings were designed and prepared based on the concept of λ/4-λ/2 double-layer interference film by Sol-Gel dip-coating method. Substrates (K9 glasses) coated with the double-layer films attained consistent high transmittances at 500-700 nm with an average transmittance of 99.4%, and the average transmittance at visible region was 99.0%. The λ/4-λ/2 broadband antireflective coatings were achieved without low-refractive- index materials. So high-refractive-index TiO2 could be introduced into the double-layer films to endow the films with self-cleaning property. The double-layer films exhibited outstanding superhydrophilicity with water contact angle of 2.2° in 0.5 s, and the superhydrophilicity lasted for 20 d in the absence of UV illumination. The double-layer coatings also showed a good ability to decompose organic substances under UV irradiation. The broadband of AR coatings with photocatalysis and durable superhydrophilicity may be applied in the fields of opto- and microelectronics.


Key words: broadband antireflective coatings, superhydrophilicity, photocatalytic activity, SiO2, TiO2

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