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Droplet mobility on lubricant-impregnated surfaces

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Non-wetting surfaces containing micro/nanotextures impregnated with lubricating liquids have recently been shown to exhibit superior non-wetting performance compared to superhydrophobic surfaces that rely on stable air–liquid interfaces. Here we examine the fundamental physico-chemical hydrodynamics that arise when droplets, immiscible with the lubricant, are placed on and allowed to move along these surfaces. We find that these four-phase systems show novel contact line morphology comprising a finite annular ridge of the lubricant pulled above the surface texture and consequently as many as three distinct 3-phase contact lines. We show that these distinct morphologies not only govern the contact line pinning that controls droplets' initial resistance to movement but also the level of viscous dissipation and hence their sliding velocity once the droplets begin to move.

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The article was received on 03 Sep 2012, accepted on 20 Nov 2012 and first published on 17 Dec 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM27032C
Soft Matter, 2013,9, 1772-1780

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    Droplet mobility on lubricant-impregnated surfaces

    J. D. Smith, R. Dhiman, S. Anand, E. Reza-Garduno, R. E. Cohen, G. H. McKinley and K. K. Varanasi, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 1772
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM27032C

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