Mechanisms of pattern formation from dried sessile drops

Maryam Parsa*, Souad Harmand, Khellil Sefiane

*Corresponding author for this work

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The formation of patterns after the evaporation of colloidal droplets deposited on a solid surface is an everyday natural phenomenon. During the past two decades, this topic has gained broader audience due to its numerous applications in biomedicine, nanotechnology, printing, coating, etc. This paper presents a detailed review of the experimental studies related to the formation of various deposition patterns from dried droplets of complex fluids (i.e., nanofluids, polymers). First, this review presents the fundamentals of sessile droplet evaporation including evaporation modes and internal flow fields. Then, the most observed dried patterns are presented and the mechanisms behind them are discussed. The review ends with the categorisation and exhaustive investigation of a wide range of factors affecting pattern formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-47
Number of pages26
JournalAdvances in Colloid and Interface Science
Early online date24 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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