Wetting and Adhesion at Soft Interfaces

Wetting and Adhesion at Soft Interfaces

Liquids and solids tend to stick to each other.  When a liquid droplet sticks to a solid surface we call it wetting.  When a solid particle sticks to a solid surface we call it adhesion.  The classic coarse-grained descriptions of these two phenomena are distinct from each other.  Both descriptions assume that solid objects undergo very little deformation during wetting and adhesion.  In this talk, I will show how this assumption breaks down when the solids are soft enough and how wetting and adhesion really are not that different after all.

Date

March 11, 2014 - 11:00am

Location

Klaus 1116 East

Liquids and solids tend to stick to each other.  When a liquid droplet sticks to a solid surface we call it wetting.  When a solid particle sticks to a solid surface we call it adhesion.  The classic coarse-grained descriptions of these two phenomena are distinct from each other.  Both descriptions assume that solid objects undergo very little deformation during wetting and adhesion.  In this talk, I will show how this assumption breaks down when the solids are soft enough and how wetting and adhesion really are not that different after all.