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Issue 20, 2009
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Dynamics of surfactant-assisted spreading

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Abstract

The presence of surface-active molecules at interfaces reduces the surface tension, and this property is exploited to drive the spreading of fluid films on the surface of liquid and solid substrates. Surfactant-assisted spreading gives rise to fascinating phenomena that involve complex dynamics and pattern formation; as a result, it has received considerable attention in the literature. This article provides a review of previous work and highlights the important open problems in this area.

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The article was received on 01 May 2009, accepted on 30 Jun 2009 and first published on 05 Aug 2009


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B908719M
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 3801-3809
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    Dynamics of surfactant-assisted spreading

    O. K. Matar and R. V. Craster, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 3801
    DOI: 10.1039/B908719M

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