Dynamics of the spreading of chainlike molecules with asymmetric surface interactions

M. Haataja, J. A. Nieminen, T. Ala-Nissila

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In this work we study the spreading dynamics of tiny liquid droplets on solid surfaces in the case where the ends of the molecules feel different interactions with respect to the surface. We consider a simple model of dimers and short chainlike molecules that cannot form chemical bonds with the surface. We use constant temperature molecular dynamics techniques to examine in detail the microscopic structure of the time-dependent precursor film. We find that in some cases it can exhibit a high degree of local order that can persist even for flexible chains. Our model also reproduces the experimentally observed early- and late-time spreading regimes where the radius of the film grows ∝[Formula Presented]. The ratios of the associated transport coefficients are in good overall agreement with experiments. Our density profiles are also in good qualitative agreement with measurements on the spreading of molecules on hydrophobic surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5111-5122
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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