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Experimental Study on Contact Angle Patterns: Liquid Surface Tensions Less Than Solid Surface Tensions



Experimental Study on Contact Angle Patterns: Liquid Surface Tensions Less Than Solid Surface Tensions



Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 225(2): 323-328



The interpretation of contact angles in terms of solid surface tensions is not trivial. In the past, we and others have postulated that contact angles should be measured with liquid of surface tension larger than the anticipated solid surface tension, i.e., gamma(lv)>gamma(sv). This has recently been disputed. It is also not entirely obvious how to proceed experimentally since gamma(sv) is not known initially. Typically, one starts with a liquid of high gamma(lv) (such as water) and goes lower. We have stopped in the past when the contact angles became small. A question arises as to what would happen if we would go on. Contact angles of liquids with gamma(lv) less than or near gamma(sv) were measured on eight polymer-coated solid surfaces. The experimental contact angle patterns for gamma(lv)gamma(sv) were compared. Results suggest that contact angle interpretation in terms of solid surface tensions requires contact angles to be measured for gamma(lv)>gamma(sv) because the Young equation is not applicable for gamma(lv)

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PMID: 11254269

DOI: 10.1006/jcis.2000.6749


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