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O: Fachverband Oberflächenphysik

O 97: Wetting and Liquids at Interfaces and Surfaces I (joint session CPP/DY/O)

O 97.2: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 19. März 2020, 09:45–10:00, ZEU 255

A Thermodynamic Consistent, Instantaneous Dividing Surface to Study Wetting Phenomena — •Amal Kanta Giri and Marcello Sega — Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Fürther Straße 248, 90429 Nürnberg, Germany

A detailed knowledge of the microscopic structure and dynamics in the interfacial region of soft materials is a necessary step on the way to develop novel materials and is also key to a deeper understanding of the statistical mechanics of fluid interfaces out of equilibrium. The presence of thermal capillary waves, however, hinders efforts to investigate the local structure of interfaces by smearing out observable quantities computed in the global reference frame. To recover a detailed picture of the interface neighborhood, one needs to compute observables in the local, instantaneous reference frame located at the interface, although the determination of this frame is, in general, not unique.

Here, we report on the possibility of using computational geometry approaches to determine the set of instantaneous surface atoms in a way which is thermodynamically consistent with the Gibbs (equimolar) dividing surface. We apply these methods to the determination of the instantaneous, fluctuating contact line of droplets on solid substrates, with an outlook on the problem of dynamic wetting of soft, deformable substrates.

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