Directional wetting in anisotropic inverse opals

Phillips, KR, Vogel, N, Burgess, IB, Perry, CC ORCID: 0000-0003-1517-468X and Aizenberg, J, 2014. Directional wetting in anisotropic inverse opals. Langmuir, 30 (25), pp. 7615-7620. ISSN 0743-7463


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Porous materials display interesting transport phenomena due to the restricted motion of fluids within the nano- to micro-scale voids. Here, we investigate how liquid wetting in highly ordered inverse opals is affected by anisotropy in pore geometry. We compare samples with different degrees of pore asphericity and find different wetting patterns depending on the pore shape. Highly anisotropic structures are infiltrated more easily than their isotropic counterparts. Further, the wetting of anisotropic inverse opals is directional, with liquids filling from the side more easily. This effect is supported by percolation simulations as well as direct observations of wetting using time-resolved optical microscopy.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Supporting information for Directional wetting in anisotropic inverse opals
Description: Includes document with supporting information
Publication Title: Langmuir
Creators: Phillips, K.R., Vogel, N., Burgess, I.B., Perry, C.C. and Aizenberg, J.
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Date: 2014
Volume: 30
Number: 25
ISSN: 0743-7463
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:25
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:29

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