Journal article

Interfacial oil droplets

Xue Hua Zhang, William Ducker

LANGMUIR | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Very small, discrete oil droplets can form at the solid-liquid interface. We demonstrate this effect through formation of decane droplets at the interface between an aqueous ethanol solution and silicon wafers that have been made hydrophobic through self-assembly of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS). The droplets have a lens-like shape; the shape is approximately a spherical cap with a contact angle < 25 degrees. The heights of the droplets are about 2-50 nm, and diameters at the three-phase boundary are about 100-600 nm in 25% ethanol solution. The size and contact angle can be varied by changing the ethanol concentration. The contact angle of the very small droplets (height < 20 nm) is simila..

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