Dynamics of nanodroplets on topographically structured substrates

Moosavi, A ; Sharif University of Technology

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/46/464120
  3. Abstract:
  4. Mesoscopic hydrodynamic equations are solved to investigate the dynamics of nanodroplets positioned near a topographic step of the supporting substrate. Our results show that the dynamics depends on the characteristic length scales of the system given by the height of the step and the size of the nanodroplets as well as on the constituting substances of both the nanodroplets and the substrate. The lateral motion of nanodroplets far from the step can be described well in terms of a power law of the distance from the step. In general the direction of motion depends on the details of the effective laterally varying intermolecular forces. But for nanodroplets positioned far from the step it is solely given by the sign of the Hamaker constant of the system. Moreover, our study reveals that the steps always act as a barrier for transporting liquid droplets from one side of the step to the other
  5. Keywords:
  6. Characteristic length ; Hamaker constants ; Hydrodynamic equations ; Intermolecular forces ; Lateral motion ; Liquid droplets ; Mesoscopics ; Nano-droplets ; Power law ; Structured substrate ; Chemical bonds ; Equations of motion ; Fluid dynamics ; Substrates
  7. Source: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter ; Volume 21, Issue 46 , 2009 ; 09538984 (ISSN)
  8. URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0953-8984/21/46/464120/meta