Effect of surface wettability on crack dynamics and morphology of colloidal films

Ghosh, Udita Uday ; Chakraborty, Monojit ; Bhandari, Aditya Bikram ; Chakraborty, Suman ; DasGupta, Sunando (2015) Effect of surface wettability on crack dynamics and morphology of colloidal films Langmuir, 31 (22). pp. 6001-6010. ISSN 0743-7463

Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5...

Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00690


The effect of surface wettability on the dynamics of crack formation and their characteristics are examined during the drying of aqueous colloidal droplets (1 μL volume) containing nanoparticles (53 nm mean particle diameter, 1 w/w %). Thin colloidal films, formed during drying, rupture as a result of the evaporation-induced capillary pressure and exhibit microscopic cracks. The crack initiation and propagation velocity as well as the number of cracks are experimentally evaluated for substrates of varying wettability and correlated to their wetting nature. Atomic force and scanning electron microscopy are used to examine the region in the proximity of the crack including the particle arrangements near the fracture zone. The altered substrate–particle Derjaguin–Landau–Verwey–Overbeek (DLVO) interactions, as a consequence of the changed wettability, are theoretically evaluated and found to be consistent with the experimental observations. The resistance of the film to cracking is found to depend significantly on the substrate surface energy and quantified by the critical stress intensity factor, evaluated by analyzing images obtained from confocal microscopy. The results indicate the possibility of controlling crack dynamics and morphology by tuning the substrate wettability.

Item Type:Article
Source:Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
ID Code:100328
Deposited On:10 Nov 2016 11:08
Last Modified:10 Nov 2016 11:08

Repository Staff Only: item control page