Molecular dynamics study of self-propelled droplet on different surfaces

B Xu and S Wang and ZQ Chen, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 782, 139029 (2021).

DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2021.139029

To provide a microscopic view of droplet self-propelled behavior, droplet movement on surfaces with different parameters (wettability gradient, gradient zone angle, conical micro/nano structure) using molecular dynamics simulation (MDS) were studied. The result shows that both surface wettability gradient and the conical structure can induce the droplet movement. The moving velocity increases as the wettability gradient increases, generally a higher velocity prevails for hydrophobic surface at the same wettability gradient. The maximum peak velocity is observed at the conical angle of around 40 degrees, and the velocity does not show much difference at different wettability of the conical structure.

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