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Influence of Surface Roughness on Wetting Dynamics

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Centre de Recherche en Modélisation Moléculaire, Université de Mons-Hainaut, 20, Place du Parc, 7000 Mons, Belgium; Kodak European R & D, Kodak Limited, Harrow HA1 4TY, U.K.; and Service de Chimie des Matériaux Nouveaux, Université de Mons-Hainaut, 20, Place du Parc, 7000 Mons, Belgium
Cite this: Langmuir 1999, 15, 25, 8765–8770
Publication Date (Web):October 28, 1999
Copyright © 1999 American Chemical Society

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    Using the molecular-kinetic theory of wetting, we analyze the dynamic contact angle of a sessile drop of squalane spreading spontaneously on Langmuir−Blodgett multilayer substrates (behenic acid on glass). This allows the effect of microscale roughness on the parameters appearing in the theory to be determined. In particular, it is shown that the jump frequency of liquid molecules at the wetting line decreases with microroughness, supporting the idea that surface defects induce additional pining potentials. The increase in pinning potential can be explained in terms of a linear increase in the activation free energy of wetting with increasing RMS microroughness.

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     Centre de Recherche en Modélization Moleculaire, Université de Mons-Hainaut.

     Kodak Ltd.


     Service de Chimie des Matériaux Nouveaux, Université de Mons-Hainaut.


     Corresponding author.

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