Morphology of liquid microstructures on chemically patterned surfaces

A.A. Darhuber, S.M. Troian, S.M. Miller, S. Wagner

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    We study the equilibrium conformations of liquid microstructures on flat but chemically heterogeneous substrates using energy minimization computations. The surface patterns, which establish regions of different surface energy, induce deformations of the liquid–solid contact line. Depending on the geometry, these deformations either promote or impede capillary breakup and bulge formation. The contact angles of the liquid on the hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions, as well as the pattern geometry and volume of liquid deposited, strongly affect the equilibrium shapes. Moreover, due to the small scale of the liquid features, the presence of chemical or topological surface defects significantly influence the final liquid shapes. Preliminary experiments with arrays of parallel hydrophilic strips produce shapes resembling the simulated forms. These encouraging results provide a basis for the development of high resolution lithography by direct wet printing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)61-68
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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