Stick-Jump Mode in Surface Droplet Dissolution

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The analogy between evaporating surface droplets in air to dissolving long-chain alcohol droplets in water is worked out. We show that next to the three known modi for surface droplet evaporation or dissolution (constant contact angle mode, constant contact radius mode, and stickslide mode), a fourth mode exists for small droplets on supposedly smooth substrates, the stick-jump mode: intermittent contact line pinning causes the droplet to switch between sticking and jumping during the dissolution. We present experimental data and compare them to theory to predict the dissolution time in this stick-jump mode. We also explain why these jumps were easily observed for microscale droplets but not for larger droplets.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)4696-4703
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • IR-96717
  • METIS-310469

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