How Wettability Controls Nanoprinting

Juan Carlos Fernández-Toledano, Bertrand Braeckeveldt, Marco Marengo, Joël De Coninck

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Using large scale molecular dynamics simulations, we study in detail the impact of nanometer droplets of low viscosity on flat substrates versus the wettability of the solid plate. The comparison between the molecular dynamics simulations and different macroscopic models reveals that most of these models do not correspond to the simulation results at the nanoscale, in particular for the maximal contact diameter during the nanodroplet impact (D_{max}). We have developed a new model for D_{max} that is in agreement with the simulation data and also takes into account the effects of the liquid-solid wettability. We also propose a new scaling for the time required to reach the maximal contact diameter t_{max} with respect to the impact velocity, which is also in agreement with the observations. With the new model for D_{max} plus the scaling found for t_{max}, we present a master curve collapsing the evolution of the nanometer drop contact diameter during impact for different wettabilities and different impact velocities. We believe our results may help in designing better nanoprinters since they provide an estimation of the maximum impact velocities required to obtain a smooth and homogenous coverage of the surfaces without dry spots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224503
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2020


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