Capillary origami: superhydrophobic ribbon surfaces and liquid marbles

McHale, G., Newton, M.I. ORCID: 0000-0003-4231-1002, Shirtcliffe, N.J. and Geraldi, N.R., 2011. Capillary origami: superhydrophobic ribbon surfaces and liquid marbles. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 2, pp. 145-151. ISSN 2190-4286

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In the wetting of a solid by a liquid it is often assumed that the substrate is rigid. However, for an elastic substrate the rigidity depends on the cube of its thickness and so reduces rapidly as the substrate becomes thinner as it approaches becoming a thin sheet. In such circumstances, it has been shown that the capillary forces caused by a contacting droplet of a liquid can shape the solid rather than the solid shaping the liquid. A substrate can be bent and folded as a (pinned) droplet evaporates or even instantaneously and spontaneously wrapped on contact with a droplet. When this effect is used to create three dimensional shapes from initially flat sheets, the effect is called capillary origami or droplet wrapping.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Creators: McHale, G., Newton, M.I., Shirtcliffe, N.J. and Geraldi, N.R.
Publisher: Beilstein-Institut
Date: 2011
Volume: 2
ISSN: 2190-4286
Rights: This is an Open Access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 12:23

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