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      Superhydrophobicity; coating; cloth; polymer.

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      Facile, one-step fabrication of durable, superhydrophobic (water contact angle $\sim$154$^{\circ}$) fluorine-free polymer coating on cotton cloth is presented. The microstructure of the coating is evaluated with electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction study. The detailed analysis reflects that the superhydrophobicity is rendered by intrinsic hydrophobic nature of thenon-polar polymer, isotactic polypropylene. The chemical and mechanical stability of the coating on cloth is evaluated and it shows that the coating is extremely resilient in nature without almost negligible sacrifice in water contact angle. Because of simplicity of fabrication technique and quality of coating, this study is expected to be worthy enough for commodity as well as high technology applications.

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      1. Materials Chemistry Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, India
      2. School of Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Jatni 752050, India
      3. Material Science and Engineering Department, Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar 751 024, India
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