Coffee ring patterns in drying sessile droplets are undesirable in various practical applications. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that on hydrophobic substrates, the coffee ring can be suppressed just by increasing the particle diameter. Particles with larger size flocculate within the evaporation timescale, leading to a significant gravimetric settling (for Pe > 1) triggering a uniform deposit. Interestingly, the transition to a uniform deposit is found to be independent of the internal flow field and substrate properties. Flocculation of particles also alters the particle packing at the nanoscale resulting in order to disorder transitions. In this letter, we exhibit a physical exposition on how particle size affects morphodynamics of the droplet drying at macro-nano length scales.
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Research Article| May 24 2018
Suppression of coffee ring: (Particle) size matters
Pranjal Seth ;
Lalit Bansal, Pranjal Seth, Bhubesh Murugappan, Saptarshi Basu; Suppression of coffee ring: (Particle) size matters. Appl. Phys. Lett. 21 May 2018; 112 (21): 211605. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5034119
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