Research report 2010 - Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Drops like it soft – Condensation on soft surfaces

Authors
Auernhammer, Günter K.
Departments

Physik der Polymere (Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Butt)
MPI für Polymerforschung, Mainz

Summary
The formation of dew, i.e., condensation of water on cold substrates involves the formation of complex patterns, breath figures. Growth and merging of droplets and the overall volume of condensed liquid depend sensitively on the local environment of the droplets and the mechanical properties of the substrate. The softer the substrate, the more drops condense onto it, and the more strongly the drops interact with the substrate.

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