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Langmuir. 2008 Sep 2;24(17):9470-3. doi: 10.1021/la801091n. Epub 2008 Jul 22.

Contact angles on spherical surfaces.

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Entegris, Inc., 3500 Lyman Boulevard, Chaska, Minnesota 55318, USA.


In this paper, we explore the influence of curved surfaces on contact angles. Small liquid drops were deposited at the apex of spheres. Liquid was added to advance the contact line (or withdrawn to cause recession). As drop volume increased, the contact line advanced outward and downward. With the addition of each increment of liquid, the contact line encountered a steeper slope and showed progressively larger apparent advancing contact angles. Observed apparent contact angles could be explained in terms of intrinsic contact angles and surface orientation. We found that if curvature and geometry were correctly accounted for, the classic Gibbs relation held. The experimental approach and analysis used here for estimating intrinsic wettability from curved surfaces could easily be integrated into automated contact angle measurement systems.


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