Spontaneous Breakdown of Superhydrophobicity

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Sbragaglia, Mauro and Peters, Alisia M. and Pirat, Christophe and Borkent, Bram M. and Lammertink, Rob G.H. and Wessling, Matthias and Lohse, Detlef (2007) Spontaneous Breakdown of Superhydrophobicity. Physical Review Letters, 99 (15). p. 156001. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract:In some cases water droplets can completely wet microstructured superhydrophobic surfaces. The dynamics of this rapid process is analyzed by ultrahigh-speed imaging. Depending on the scales of the microstructure, the wetting fronts propagate smoothly and circularly or—more interestingly—in a stepwise manner, leading to a growing square-shaped wetted area: entering a new row perpendicular to the direction of front propagation takes milliseconds, whereas once this has happened, the row itself fills in microseconds (“zipping”). Numerical simulations confirm this view and are in quantitative agreement with the experiments.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.156001
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