The conditions for droplet deposition on plane substrates are studied using electrowetting to continuously modulate the surface wettability. Droplets of controlled volume attached to the tip of a pipette are brought into contact with the surface. During retraction of the pipette the droplets are deposited or detach completely depending on volume and contact angle. The experimental limit of deposition in the contact angle or volume plane is in good agreement with analytical and numerical predictions obtained within the capillary model.
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Apr 2006|