Droplets motion on chemically/topographically heterogeneous surfaces

Jiayi Zhao, Shuo Chen, Yang Liu

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ÂWe present a numerical study of droplets sliding across chemically heterogeneous surfaces formed by a periodic pattern of alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic stripes, or topographically heterogeneous surfaces which are microgrooved. The numerical simulation performed by using a particle-based numerical method, Many-body Dissipative Particle Dynamics (MDPD), is adopted to observe the stick-slip motion of droplets driven by a constant body force. The fractions of two types of surfaces are varied from 0.3 to 0.7 to investigate their influence on stick-slip motion of droplets. The dynamic contact angles and the variation in distance Dfrbetween the front and the rear contact points are shown for different fractions. The jerky motion characterised by stick-slip motion can be found on chemically heterogeneous surfaces for all fractions we choose and the partial stick-slip motion can also be discovered on topographically heterogeneous surfaces except for fraction Φs = 0.3. The snapshots of droplet show that stick-slip motion is the consequence of the periodic deformation of droplet interface during crossing heterogeneous surfaces and can be controlled by fractions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1452-1459
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Simulation
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016


  • heterogeneity
  • Many-body dissipative particle dynamics
  • stick-slip motion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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