Dynamics of Dissolutive Wetting: A Molecular Dynamics Study

QZ Yuan and JH Yang and Y Sui and YP Zhao, LANGMUIR, 33, 6464-6470 (2017).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01154

Dissolutive wetting, i.e., dynamic wetting of a liquid droplet on dissolvable substrates, has been studied by molecular dynamics simulations. In dissolutive wetting, the geometry and properties of the solidliquid interface evolve with the solid dissolving into the droplet; meanwhile, the droplet spreads on the receding solid surfaces. The droplets advance on the dissolvable substrate following different dynamic laws, compared with spreading on nondissolutive substrate. On the basis of molecular kinetic theory, we develop a theoretical model to reveal physical mechanisms behind the dissolutive wetting phenomena. We also find that solid particles are pulled by their hydration shells to dissolve into liquid, changing the flow field, the atomic structure, and the hydrogen bond network in the droplet. Our findings may help to comprehend the dynamics of dissolutive wetting and assist future design in practical applications.

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