Title

Droplet actuation on a liquid layer due to thermocapillary motion: Shape effect

Authors

Authors

E. Yakhshi-Tafti; H. J. Cho;R. Kumar

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Appl. Phys. Lett.

Keywords

capillarity; drops; THERMAL-GRADIENTS; SURFACES; Physics, Applied

Abstract

In the thermocapillary migration of droplets on the free surface of immiscible liquids, we observe that the lens-shaped drops move from warm toward cooler regions while spherical drops move in the opposite direction. We explain this dual behavior using an analysis of surface deformation and velocity profiles of thin liquid layers subject to a lateral thermal gradient. Liquid platforms allow thermocapillary transport of drops with higher migration speeds than solid substrates and lower internal temperature fluctuation. Such conditions may be exploited in biochemical microsystems where droplet evaporation, contamination, and surface pinning need to be avoided. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3456391]

Journal Title

Applied Physics Letters

Volume

96

Issue/Number

26

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

3

WOS Identifier

WOS:000279514400088

ISSN

0003-6951

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