Tip-induced flipping of droplets on Janus pillars : From local reconfiguration to global transport

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Author(s)

  • Shile Feng
  • Joachim Delannoy
  • Antoine Malod
  • David Quéré

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabb4540
Journal / PublicationScience advances
Volume6
Issue number28
Online published8 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2020

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Abstract

Despite their simplicity, water droplets manifest a wide spectrum of forms and dynamics, which can be actuated using special texture at solid surfaces to achieve desired functions. Along this vein, natural or synthetic materials can be rendered water repellent, oleophobic, antifogging, anisotropic, etc.-all properties arising from an original design of the substrate and/or from the use of special materials promoting capillary or elastic forces at the droplet scale. Here, we report an original phenomenon occurring at the tip of asymmetric (half-flat, half-curved) pillars: Droplets reconfigure and get oriented on the curved side of these Janus tips. This local, geometry-driven effect, namely, tip-induced flipping of droplets, is found to be generic and have spectacular global consequences: Vast assemblies of Janus pillars enable a continuous, long-range, and fast self-transport of water harvested from fogs, which makes it possible to collect and concentrate droplets at different scales.

Research Area(s)

  • WATER, SURFACE

Citation Format(s)

Tip-induced flipping of droplets on Janus pillars : From local reconfiguration to global transport. / Feng, Shile; Delannoy, Joachim; Malod, Antoine; Zheng, Huanxi; Quéré, David; Wang, Zuankai.

In: Science advances, Vol. 6, No. 28, eabb4540, 08.07.2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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