Wetting dynamics: a review

CIC nanoGUNE Seminars

Joël de Coninck, LPSI, University of Mons, Belgium
nanoGUNE seminar room, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, Donostia - San Sebastian
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Wetting dynamics: a review Wetting has a very long and fascinating history. The solid-liquid interactions are mainly physical, but they are a result of the specific chemistry at the interface. The flow of the liquids in contact with a solid is studied by fluid mechanics, and the solids are described in terms of material science. For about 200 years the basic equations derived from macroscopic arguments and describing the equilibrium configuration of partially wetting liquids have been known, due to Young and Laplace. And starting about 50 years ago, the dynamics of wetting became of central interest. Nowadays, still fundamental question remain unresolved. Most of the open questions find their origin in the fact that wetting depends, to a large extent, on the microscopic characteristics of the considered materials. Young's equation, for example, has been validated at the microscopic scale only recently. Apart from the fundamental problem of whether a given solid is wetted by a given liquid, many of the practical applications require the precise knowledge of the rates of wetting processes. Particularly, one is often interested to know how fast a liquid can wet a given area of a solid surface. The talk will be devoted to a general review of the mechanisms controlling the dynamics of wetting combining simulations, theories and experimental results.