Wetting kinetics of water nano-droplet containing non-surfactant nanoparticles: A molecular dynamics study

G Lu and H Hu and YY Duan and Y Sun, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 103, 253104 (2013).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4837717

In this Letter, dynamic wetting of water nano-droplets containing non- surfactant gold nanoparticles on a gold substrate is examined via molecular dynamics simulations. The results show that the addition of non-surfactant nanoparticles hinders the nano-second droplet wetting process, attributed to the increases in both surface tension of the nanofluid and friction between nanofluid and substrate. The droplet wetting kinetics decreases with increasing nanoparticle loading and water-particle interaction energy. The observed wetting suppression and the absence of nanoparticle ordering near the contact line of nano-sized droplets differ from the wetting behaviors reported from nanofluid droplets of micron size or larger. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

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