Droplets, bubbles, and vesicles at chemically structured surfaces

Lipowsky, R., Brinkmann, M., Dimova, R., Franke, T., Kierfeld, J. and Zhang, X. (2005) Droplets, bubbles, and vesicles at chemically structured surfaces. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 17(9), S537-S558. (doi:10.1088/0953-8984/17/9/015)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/17/9/015

Abstract

Liquid droplets, gas bubbles, and membrane vesicles which are in contact with chemically structured substrate surfaces can undergo morphological transitions or shape transformations. The structured surfaces considered here consist of two types of surface domains, γ and δ, which attract and repel the droplets, bubbles, and vesicles, respectively. For droplets on a striped γ domain, one has to distinguish droplets with fixed end caps from those with freely moving end caps. Both types of channels undergo morphological wetting transitions. For vesicles, one has a strong adhesion regime in which the vesicle shapes have constant mean curvature and exhibit effective contact angles. One can then map the shape bifurcation diagram for vesicles onto the one for droplets if one includes the constraint of fixed membrane area. We also report preliminary experimental observations of the adhesion of vesicles to chemically structured surfaces.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Franke, Professor Thomas
Authors: Lipowsky, R., Brinkmann, M., Dimova, R., Franke, T., Kierfeld, J., and Zhang, X.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN:0953-8984
ISSN (Online):1361-648X

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