Contact-Angle Hysteresis and Contact-Line Friction on Slippery Liquid-Like Surfaces

Rodrigo Ledesma Aguilar, Glen McHale, Steven Armstrong, Gary Wells, Hernán Barrio-Zhang, Élfego Ruiz Gutiérrez

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Contact-line pinning and dynamic friction are fundamental forces that oppose the motion of droplets on solid surfaces. Everyday experience suggests that if a solid surface offers low contact-line pinning, it will also impart a relatively low dynamic friction to a moving droplet. Examples of such surfaces are superhydrophobic, slippery porous liquid-infused, and lubricant-impregnated surfaces. Here, however, we show that slippery omniphobic covalently attached liquid-like (SOCAL) surfaces have a remarkable combination of contact-angle hysteresis and contact-line friction properties, which lead to very low droplet pinning but high dynamic friction against the motion of droplets. We present experiments of the response of water droplets to changes in volume at controlled temperature and humidity conditions, which we separately compare to the predictions of a hydrodynamic model and a contact-line model based on molecular kinetic theory. Our results show that SOCAL surfaces offer very low contact-angle hysteresis, between 1 and 3°, but an unexpectedly high dynamic friction controlled by the contact line, where the typical relaxation time scale is on the order of seconds, 4 orders of magnitude larger than the prediction of the classical hydrodynamic model. Our results highlight the remarkable wettability of SOCAL surfaces and their potential application as low-pinning, slow droplet shedding surfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15094–15101
Issue number49
Early online date1 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Contact Angle
  • Liquids
  • Hysteresis
  • friction
  • Humidity


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