Drop Impact upon Micro- and Nanostructured Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Peichun Amy Tsai, Sergio Pacheco Benito, C. Pirat, Leonardus Lefferts, Detlef Lohse

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We experimentally investigate drop impact dynamics onto different superhydrophobic surfaces, consisting of regular polymeric micropatterns and rough carbon nanofibers, with similar static contact angles. The main control parameters are the Weber number We and the roughness of the surface. At small We, i.e., small impact velocity, the impact evolutions are similar for both types of substrates, exhibiting Fakir state, complete bouncing, partial rebouncing, trapping of an air bubble, jetting, and sticky vibrating water balls. At large We, splashing impacts emerge forming several satellite droplets, which are more pronounced for the multiscale rough carbon nanofiber jungles. The results imply that the multiscale surface roughness at nanoscale plays a minor role in the impact events for small We 120 but an important one for large We 120. Finally, we find the effect of ambient air pressure to be negligible in the explored parameter regime We 150.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)12293-12298
Number of pages6
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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