Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 59–68

Computational approach to drying a nanoparticle-suspended liquid droplet

Technology and Applications

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-010-0062-8

Cite this article as:
Kim, HS., Park, S.S. & Hagelberg, F. J Nanopart Res (2011) 13: 59. doi:10.1007/s11051-010-0062-8


We suggest a computational approach for estimating the ring-like deposition of nanoparticles contained in a drying liquid droplet. The proposed method involves a Monte Carlo scheme, based on three independent probabilistic processes: (a) evaporation at the liquid surface, (b) convective motion of nanoparticles to the contact line, and (c) treatment of the nanoparticles floating in the air. According to the computational results, while the liquid is evaporating in nanoparticle-suspended liquid droplet (NSLD), the nanoparticles are moved to the contact line as the mass of droplet decreases linearly with time. Since the resulting ring-like deposition can be accounted for in terms of nanoparticle mobility and liquid evaporation from the droplet, our computational approach achieves a morphological and kinematical description of NSLD drying. Some other important features, such as self-pinning of the contact line, reduction of the droplet radius, and pattern formation, are also obtained from this simulation.


Drying Evaporation Nanoparticle-suspended liquid Monte Carlo simulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Corporate R&D InstituteSamsung Electro-MechanicsYeongtong-Gu, SuwonSouth Korea
  2. 2.Corporate R&D CenterSamsung SDI Co. LTDYongin446-577South Korea
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA

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