Initial spreading kinetics of high-viscosity droplets on anisotropic surfaces

O. Bliznyuk, H.P. Jansen, Ernst S. Kooij, Bene Poelsema

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Liquid droplets on chemically patterned surfaces consisting of alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic stripes exhibit an elongated shape. To assess the dynamics during droplet formation, we present experimental results on the spreading of glycerol droplets on such surfaces using a high-speed camera. Two spreading regimes are observed. Initially, in what is referred to as the inertial regime, the kinetics is dominated by the liquid and spreading is only weakly dependent on the specific surface properties. As such, liquid spreading is isotropic and the contact line maintains a circular shape. Our results reveal a remarkably long inertial regime, as compared to previous results and available models. Subsequently, in the viscous regime, interactions between the liquid and underlying pattern govern the dynamics. The droplet distorts from a spherical cap shape to adopt an elongated morphology that corresponds to the minimum energy configuration on stripe-patterned surfaces.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)6328-6334
Number of pages7
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • METIS-266592
  • IR-75144

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