Wed October 12th 2016
16:00 – 17:00
Seminar Dissolution of Droplets on a Substrate with Engraved Concentric Rings
José Manuel Encarnación Escobar


The nucleation of nano and micro sized drops and bubbles often occurs on catalytic surfaces lowering its efficiency. The contact angle hysteresis, which is a consequence of the pinning on heterogeneities of the surface, can dramatically affect the stability and lifetime of the drop. The stability of a surface bubble can, in fact, be theoretically calculated thanks to the assumption of the pinning of the bubble [Lohse and Zhang, Lohse, D.; Zhang, X., Phys. Rev. E 2015, 91, 031003.].
Our experiments try to shed light on the understanding of the pinning of droplets caused by micro structures during their dissolution. It is possible to predict the depinning angle of a drying drop as a function of the geometry of the defect and the receding contact angle. Additionally, the jump from one defect to another happens fast but is not an immediate change. This dewetting happens showing the so called zipping behavior. We present quantitative data from experiments as well as the experimental techniques used, including confocal microscopy and the first analysis and comparison with the already existent theoretical models
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