A viscous switch for liquid-liquid dewetting

Edwards, A.M.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3338-1287, Ledesma-Aguilar, R., Newton, M.I. ORCID: 0000-0003-4231-1002, Brown, C.V. ORCID: 0000-0002-1559-3238 and McHale, G., 2020. A viscous switch for liquid-liquid dewetting. Communications Physics, 3: 21. ISSN 2399-3650

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The spontaneous dewetting of a liquid film from a solid surface occurs in many important processes, such as printing and microscale patterning. Experience suggests that dewetting occurs faster on surfaces of higher film repellency. Here, we show how, unexpectedly, a surrounding viscous phase can switch the overall dewetting speed so that films retract slower with increasing surface repellency. We present experiments and a hydrodynamic theory covering five decades of the viscosity ratio between the film and the surrounding phase. The timescale of dewetting is controlled by the geometry of the liquid-liquid interface close to the contact line and the viscosity ratio. At small viscosity ratio, dewetting is slower on low film-repellency surfaces due to a high dissipation at the edge of the receding film. This situation is reversed at high viscosity ratios, leading to a slower dewetting on high film-repellency surfaces due to the increased dissipation of the advancing surrounding phase.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Communications Physics
Creators: Edwards, A.M.J., Ledesma-Aguilar, R., Newton, M.I., Brown, C.V. and McHale, G.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 23 January 2020
Volume: 3
ISSN: 2399-3650
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Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Jan 2020 15:56
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 15:35
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39064

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