Faraday Discussion 146: Wetting Dynamics of Hydrophobic and Structured Surfaces
12 - 14 April 2010
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Virginia, USA
© Press Photo: BASF SE
The current interest in superhydrophobic surfaces has led to a conceptual widening of the term “hydrophobicity”. Non-wetting of a surface may be achieved not only by minimising the surface free energy, but also via an appropriately tailored surface morphology. As a consequence, even low-energy liquids may dewet a surface and hydrophobicity becomes a more general “lyophobicity”. Wetting dynamics at both smooth and structured surfaces is involved in a range of surface phenomena, including contact angle hysteresis, adhesion, surface forces, self-cleaning and the boundary conditions for fluid flow.
This very active area of current research has major cross-disciplinary implications, and a number of theoretical, modelling and experimental results are in urgent need of clarification and resolution if we are to understand better the properties and behaviour of extended and structured hydrophobic and lyophobic surfaces.
Physical chemists, biologists, materials scientists and nanotechnologists have benefited from attending this meeting, and its printed discussion.
- Superhydrophobic Surfaces
- Dynamic Transitions
- Liquid-vapour Interfaces and Nanobubbles
- Heterogeneous Surfaces
Dr Hugo K Christenson (University of Leeds, UK) (Co-chair)
Professor Alenka Luzar (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) (Co-chair)
Professor Bob Evans (University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Jim R Henderson (University of Leeds, UK)
Professor Pablo G Debenedetti (Princeton University, USA)
Professor John D Weeks (University of Maryland, USA)
Professor Michael L Klein (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
We are grateful to the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry and Division of Physical Chemistry and the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for their generous sponsorship support of
Faraday Discussion 146.
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