Europhys. Lett.
Volume 74, Number 2, April 2006
Page(s) 306 - 312
Section Condensed matter: structural, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 22 March 2006
Europhys. Lett., 74 (2), pp. 306-312 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10523-2

Bouncing transitions on microtextured materials

M. Reyssat1, A. Pépin2, F. Marty3, Y. Chen2, 4 and D. Quéré1

1  Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, FRE 2844 du CNRS Collège de France - 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
2  Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures (LPN) - Route de Nozay 91460 Marcoussis, France
3  Groupe ESIEE, SMM, Cité Descartes - BP 99, 93162 Noisy le Grand, France
4  Ecole Normale Supérieure - 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

received 18 November 2005; accepted in final form 14 February 2006
published online 22 March 2006

A drop of water thrown on a super-hydrophobic solid will often bounce off. Here we discuss the conditions to be fulfilled on the surface design (which provides super-hydrophobicity) to observe such a behavior. This allows us to precise how a material can be made water-repellent. We show in particular how the reduction of the scale of the microstructure provides a robust water repellency, and describe some peculiarities of violent shocks on such surfaces.

68.08.Bc - Wetting.
68.03.-g - Gas-liquid and vacuum-liquid interfaces.
68.08.-p - Liquid-solid interfaces.

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