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Volume 47, Number 2, July II 1999
|Page(s)||220 - 226|
|Section||Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties|
|Published online||01 September 2002|
Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée URA 792 du CNRS, Collège de France 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
2 Saint-Gobain Recherche - 39 quai Lucien-Lefranc 93303 Aubervilliers Cedex, France
Accepted: 6 May 1999
If deposited on a hydrophobic rough substrate, a small drop of water can look like a pearl, with a contact angle close to . We examine the conditions for observing such a phenomenon and show practical achievements where the contact angle can be predicted and thus quantitatively tuned by the design of the surface microstructure.
PACS: 68.10.-m – Fluid surfaces and fluid-fluid interfaces / 68.15.+e – Liquid thin films
© EDP Sciences, 1999
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