Self-lubricating drops

Huanshu Tan*, Detlef Lohse*, Xuehua Zhang*

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Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in the study of multicomponent drops. These drops exhibit unique phenomena, as the interplay between hydrodynamics and the evolving physicochemical properties of the mixture gives rise to distinct and often unregulated behaviors. Of particular interest is the complex dynamic behavior of the drop contact line, which can display self-lubrication effect. The presence of a slipping contact line in self-lubricating multicomponent drops can suppress the coffee-stain effect, conferring valuable technological applications. This review will explain the current understanding of the self-lubrication effect of drops, and cover an analysis of fundamental concepts and recent advances in colloidal assembly. The potential applications of self-lubricating drops across different fields will also be highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101744
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Early online date25 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • Coffee-stain effect/Coffee-ring effect
  • Liquid-liquid phase separation
  • Marangoni effect
  • Multicomponent drops
  • Ouzo effect
  • Self-assembly
  • Self-lubrication effect
  • Supraparticles
  • 2023 OA procedure


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