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·      Dye Experiment for Thin Film Coated Aluminum


                   Coated Aluminum.wmv


·      Sliding Movie


Movements of Bubbles at Interface

Movements of Bubbles at Interface.MPG



·      Gel Motion Movies


1.   Snail-like motion on uniform surface subject to asymmetric vibration

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2.   Snail-like motion on a surface with a single scale

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3.   Snail-like motion on a surface with many scales

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4.   Snake-like motion on surface with scales of varying lateral orientation

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5.   Inchworm-like motion on a surface with many scales

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6.   Multiple pulses in a soft gel moving on a highly frictional substrate

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·      Adhesion on Patterned Surface Movies


1.   Crack opening on edge crack *

Crack opening on edge crack.mpg


2.   Crack opening on lateral incisions *

Crack opening on lateral incisions.mpg


3.   Crack opening on longitudial incisions *

Crack opening on longitudinal incisions.mpg


4.   Crack opening on crosswise incisions *

Crack opening on crosswise incisions.mpg


5.   Crack opening on lithographically designed pattern

Crack opening on lithographically designed pattern.mpg


* The movies for crack closing are available at



·      Drop Movies


1.   Movement of Condensing Drops on a Radial Gradient Surface

Video showing movements of water drops resulting from the condensation of steam on a gradient surface, the backside of which is cooled to ~ 14 deg C. This radial gradient of 1 cm diameter was prepared on silicon surface by diffusion controlled silanization. There are strong indications (Daniel, S., Sircar, S., Gleim, J., Chaudhury, M. K., Langmuir, 20, 4085-4092, 2004) that these fast movements result from the biasing of the randomly coalescing drops on the surface by the gradient of the surface energy. Note that the drops slow down as soon as the steam is turned off. This kind of passive removal of water drops from a surface could enhance its heat transfer efficiency when used in micro-heat exchangers and heat pipes.

radial gradient.mpg

2.   Movement of Condensing Drops on a Periodic Gradient Surface

Video showing movements of water drops resulting from the condensation of steam on a vertical surface that has a periodic gradient of surface energy. Here, the condensing drops move sidewise by surface energy gradient, collect in the hydrophilic channels and ultimately drain downward by gravity. This kind of combined action of surface energy gradient and gravity can be used to enhance the efficiency of heat exchangers having large surface area.


periodic gradient.mpg

3.   Inchworm Motion of a Confined Drop on a Gradient Surface

A water drop is confined between a gradient (lower) and a hydrophobic (upper) surface. The drop at first does not move due to hysteresis. However, as the upper substrate is vibrated vertically (here it is 1 Hz), the drop moves towards the region of higher energy. When the drop is squeezed, its contact angle tends to be larger than the advancing angles at both the left (i.e. towards high surface energy) and right (i.e. toward the lower surface energy) edges. However as the advancing contact angle at the left edge is smaller than the right edge, the former experiences a greater uncompensated force and advances toward higher wettability, whereas the right edge remains pinned. During the reverse stroke, the right edge experiences a greater uncompensated force; therefore, it retracts whereas the left edge remains pinned. The successive pinning and depinning of contact lines cause a net

motion of the drop toward the more wettable portion of the gradient.

        inchworm motion.mpg

4.   A Prototype Drop Reactor

A simple fluidic device that operates on the principle of rectified motion of confined drops being vibrated vertically. The lateral channel has a surface energy gradient from west to east. The gradients of the other channels are from south to north meeting the first one. When shape fluctuation is initiated, drop in the first channel moves from west to east and coalesces with another drop moving northward. The coalesced drop then moves farther east and coalesces with another drop moving northward. This sequence is repeated.

drop reactor.mpg

5.   Rectified Motion of Drops on a Surface Due to Vibration

Two water drops are placed on a hydrophobic silicon wafer that is vibrating laterally with a sawtooth wave of frequency of 70 Hz. Each drop experiences an asymmetric inertial force and moves on the surface. The large and the small drops move in opposite directions due to a difference in phase. They eventually collide and coalesce; the resultant larger drop continues to move to the right.

rectified motion.mpg

6.   Prototype Drop Fluidic Device

Demonstration of migration and mixing of liquid drops on a prototype fluidic device aided by lateral vibration having a sawtooth waveform. Three water drops were brought together from different areas on a PDMS coated glass slide, which has been embossed to confine the drops within predefined channels. The drops mix and cycle through a serpentine channel toward a detection area. If each drop contained a reaction component, for example, a candidate drug, a collection of target cells, and nutrients, these could be brought together, mixed and given sufficient time to react before arriving at the detection zone. A serpentine channel allows a certain residence time for the reaction to complete, and the drop could span several temperature zones to simulate various reaction conditions.

drop fluidic.mpeg







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