Wetting hysteresis of nanodrops on nanorough surfaces

Cheng Chung Chang, Yu Jane Sheng, Heng Kwong Tsao

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Nanodrops on smooth or patterned rough surfaces are explored by many-body dissipative particle dynamics to demonstrate the influence of surface roughness on droplet wetting. On a smooth surface, nanodrops exhibit the random motion and contact angle hysteresis is absent. The diffusivity decays as the intrinsic contact angle (θY) decreases. On a rough surface, the contact line is pinned and the most stable contact angle (θY′) is acquired. The extent of contact angle hysteresis (Δθ) is determined by two approaches, which resemble the inflation-deflation method and inclined plane method for experiments. The hysteresis loop is acquired and both approaches yield consistent results. The influences of wettability and surface roughness on θY′ and Δθ are examined. θY′ deviates from that estimated by the Wenzel or Cassie-Baxter models. This consequence can be explained by the extent of impregnation, which varies with the groove position and wettability. Moreover, contact angle hysteresis depends more on the groove width than the depth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042807
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 24 Oct 2016


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