Morphological Transformation of Surface Femtodroplets upon Dissolution

Shuhua Peng, Bat El Pinchasik, Hao Hao, Helmuth Möhwald, Xuehua Zhang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Constructing controllable liquid patterns with high resolution and accuracy is of great importance in droplet depositions for a range of applications. Simple surface chemical micropatterns have been popularly used to regulate the shape of liquid droplets and the final structure of deposited materials. In this work, we study the morphological evolution of a dissolving femtoliter droplet pinned on multiple microdomains. On the basis of minimization of interfacial energy, the numerical simulations predict various symmetric droplet profiles in equilibrium at different liquid volumes. However, our experimental results show both symmetric and asymmetric shapes of droplets due to contact line pinning and symmetry breaking during droplet dissolution. Upon slow volume reduction, the deposited microdroplet arrays on one single type of simple surface prepatterns spontaneously morphed into a series of complex regular 3D shapes. The findings in this work offer insights into design and prepararion of the rich and complex morphology of liquid patterns via simple surface premicropatterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-590
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
RMIT MicroNano Research Facility
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Australian Research CouncilDP140100805, FT120100473


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