Wetting and elasto-plasticity based sculpture of liquid marbles

  • Jianlin LiuEmail author
  • Pingcheng Zuo
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Wetting and Drying: Physics and Pattern Formation


As an emerging material with exotic properties, liquid marble holds great potential for such areas as microfluidics, stimuli-responsive sensors, micro-chemical reactors, micro-bioreactors, energy harvesting devices, and mechanical structures. In this study, we mainly concentrate on the mechanical behaviors, such as elasto-plasticity of liquid marble with the decrease of liquid volume. The contact radius with the substrate and Young’s contact angle of liquid marble are both measured with the change of water volume, and those of a water droplet are compared. The mechanism for the different responses for liquid marble and water droplet is clarified according to the mechanics analysis. Moreover, it is found that liquid marble can behave like an elasto-plastic material when the particle surface density is big enough. Based upon this fact, liquid marble can be sculpted to all kinds of special shapes as expected. These investigations may cast new light on how to engineer multifunctional materials and devices, which are beneficial to microprinting and micromachining.

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Topical Issue: Wetting and Drying: Physics and Pattern Formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Pipeline and Civil EngineeringChina University of PetroleumQingdaoChina

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