Wetting and phase change: Opportunities and challenges

Khellil Sefiane, Martin E. R. Shanahan, Mickael Antoni

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Abstract / Description of output

Wetting of liquids involving phase change is a fundamental physical phenomenon, at the heart of numerous natural, biological and technological areas. Exploiting the evaporation of wetting liquids for some exciting recent applications demonstrates the wide range of opportunities offered by this phenomenon. Our fundamental understanding of this, apparently simple, phenomenon, is however far from being complete. Many challenging questions about this process remain unanswered. In this paper we highlight some potential opportunities, which may benefit from the mastery of the process of wetting and evaporation of liquids. We also point to some of the challenges that scientists and researchers need to address to advance our understanding of this important topic. Crown Copyright (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-325
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Wetting
  • Evaporation
  • Multiscale
  • Modelling
  • Interfaces
  • CONTACT-ANGLE HYSTERESIS
  • STATISTICAL RATE THEORY
  • EVAPORATION RATES
  • KINETIC-THEORY
  • SOLID-SURFACE
  • LIQUID-FILM
  • WATER DROPS
  • HETEROGENEOUS SURFACES
  • NONVOLATILE LIQUIDS
  • VOLATILE DROPS

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