Why Surface Nanobubbles Live for Hours

Joost H. Weijs, Detlef Lohse

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We present a theoretical model for the experimentally found but counterintuitive exceptionally long lifetime of surface nanobubbles. We can explain why, under normal experimental conditions, surface nanobubbles are stable for many hours or even up to days rather than the expected microseconds. The limited gas diffusion through the water in the far field, the cooperative effect of nanobubble clusters, and the pinned contact line of the nanobubbles lead to the slow dissolution rate.
Original languageEnglish
Article number054501
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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