Spreading and recoil of a surfactant-containing water drop on glass-supported alcohol films

Chowdhury, Devasish ; Sarkar, Surya Protim ; Kalita, Dipankar ; Sarma, Tridib Kumar ; Paul, Anumita ; Chattopadhyay, Arun (2004) Spreading and recoil of a surfactant-containing water drop on glass-supported alcohol films Langmuir, 20 (4). pp. 1251-1257. ISSN 0743-7463

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In this paper we report the experimental observation of spreading and recoil of surfactant-containing water drops on various alcohol films supported on glass slides. The time evolution of spreading and recoil behavior was recorded by placing a web camera above the drop. We observed that the drop spread the fastest on CH3OH, followed by C2H5OH, and the slowest on i-PrOH. On the other hand, the recoil behavior was just the opposite. The drop recoiled the slowest on CH3OH and fastest on i-PrOH, while it recoiled in an intermediate time on C2H5OH. In addition, concentration of surfactant in the drop played a prominent role in the spreading and recoil time of the drop, with higher surfactant concentration making the drop spread and recoil faster. The time evolution of spreading velocity of the drop on different alcohol films at various surfactant concentrations occurred with a Gaussian distribution and the peak velocity was reached earliest on CH3OH followed by C2H5OH, while on i-PrOH it took the longest time. The recoil behavior was similar. The variation of velocity as a function of radius exhibited oscillatory behavior, indicating the existence of an interfacial phenomenon. We also report the observation that spreading of the drop occurred without observable fingering instability. Further, we observed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic measurements that the drop had mixed with the alcohol films as it spread. Miscibility of the alcohol in the film with the drop, alcohol evaporation cooling-induced temperature gradient, and Marangoni effect probably play important roles in the spreading and recoil behavior of the drop.

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