Wetting behavior of water droplets on hydrophobic microtextures of comparable size

Jürgen Jopp, Holger Grüll, Rachel Yerushalmi-Rozen

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Abstract

The wetting behavior of water droplets on periodically structured hydrophobic surfaces was investigated. The effect of structure geometry, roughness, and relative pore fraction on the contact angles was investigated experimentally for droplets of size comparable to the size of the structures. It was found that surface geometry may induce a transition from groove-filling and Wenzel-like behavior to nonfilling of surface grooves and consequential Cassie-Baxter behavior. Numerical calculations of the free energy of these systems suggest that the equilibrium behavior is in line with the experimental observations. The observations may serve as guidelines for the design of surfaces with the desired wetting behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10015-10019
Number of pages5
JournalLangmuir
Volume20
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Nov 2004

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