Drop transport and positioning on lubricant-impregnated surfaces

Guan, James, Ruiz-Gutierrez, Elfego, Xu, Ben, Wood, David, McHale, Glen, Ledesma-Aguilar, Rodrigo and Wells, Gary (2017) Drop transport and positioning on lubricant-impregnated surfaces. Soft Matter, 13 (18). pp. 3404-3410. ISSN 1744-683X

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Abstract

We demonstrate the transport and positioning of water droplets on macro-patterned lubricant-impregnated surfaces. The macro-patterning produces menisci features in the impregnating liquid layer which interact with a droplet via a capillary mechanism similar to the Cheerios effect. These interactions control the droplet motion and positioning on an otherwise completely slippery surface. We present experimental results using a V-shape channel geometry as a model system. The interaction between deformations on the lubricant layer induced by the droplet and the underlying V-shape geometry leads to both local and global equilibrium positions for the droplet within the channel. We present a mathematical model to quantify the transition from local equilibrium states to the global equilibrium state and show that the latter can be described on the basis of a force balance along the apparent contact line of the droplet. We highlight possible applications where lubricated macro-patterned surfaces can be used to control the motion and localisation of droplets.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Bin Xu
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 09:51
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 08:20
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30645

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