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Mixed Cassie-Baxter wetting states on a porous material stabilized by electrowetting

Abstract : Electrowetting is used to force imbibition in model porous plates. These porous plates are sintered disordered bronze bead packings that are homogeneously coated with a constant-thickness layer of parylene. Cycles of increasing and decreasing voltage trigger the imbibition of a ionized water sessile drop by changing its contact angle with the porous material from non-wetting to wetting shapes. During a cycle, a drop experiences partial imbibition and a strong hysteresis of its contact angle with the porous plate. Since the imbibition process quickly stabilizes, we adopt an equilibrium description of the wetting properties of the drop on the porous plate. Our model, based on the Cassie-Baxter approach, shows that three different wetting states are experienced by the drop, one of which being made possible only by the modification of the contact angle inside the pores. Our model describes the experimental results very well. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2017
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Jérôme Lambert, Lucien Gauchet, Jérôme Crassous. Mixed Cassie-Baxter wetting states on a porous material stabilized by electrowetting. EPL - Europhysics Letters, European Physical Society/EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/IOP Publishing, 2017, 119 (2), pp.26004. ⟨10.1209/0295-5075/119/26004⟩. ⟨hal-01681157⟩



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