Dewetting kinetics of metallic liquid films: Competition between unbalanced Young's force and dissolutive reaction

G Lu and L Lin and S Hui and SL Wang and XD Wang and DJ Lee, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 687, 91-95 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2017.09.009

Dewetting kinetics of Al and NiAl metallic liquid films on NiAl (100) substrates was studied using molecular dynamics simulations. A new dewetting-spreading transitional behavior was observed for high temperature dewetting. The dewetting-spreading transition comes from the competition between unbalanced Young's force and dissolutive reaction. Without dissolutive reaction, liquid films keep dewetting, but immediately turn into spreading when the dissolutive reaction involved. The dissolutive reaction depends on the initial Ni atom contents rather than the contact areas of dewetting films. The far-away-from saturated Ni content is the main mechanism which accelerates the wetting and reverses the dewetting process at high temperatures. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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