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Title: Wetting transition on patterned surfaces: Transition states and energy barriers
Authors: Ren, W. 
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Ren, W. (2014). Wetting transition on patterned surfaces: Transition states and energy barriers. Langmuir 30 (10) : 2879-2885. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We study the wetting transition on microstructured hydrophobic surfaces. We use the string method [J. Chem. Phys. 2007, 126, 164103; J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 134105] to accurately compute the transition states, the energy barriers, and the minimum energy paths for the wetting transition from the Cassie-Baxter state to the Wenzel state. Numerical results are obtained for the wetting of a hydrophobic surface textured with a square lattice of pillars. It is found that the wetting of the solid substrate occurs via infiltration of the liquid in a single groove, followed by lateral propagation of the liquid front. The propagation of the liquid front proceeds in a stepwise manner, and a zipping mechanism is observed during the infiltration of each layer. The minimum energy path for the wetting transition goes through a sequence of intermediate metastable states, whose wetted areas reflect the microstructure of the patterned surface. We also study the dependence of the energy barrier on the drop size and the gap between the pillars. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Langmuir
ISSN: 15205827
DOI: 10.1021/la404518q
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