(331c) Relationship Between Contact Angle Hysteresis and Electrowetting On Dielectric | AIChE

(331c) Relationship Between Contact Angle Hysteresis and Electrowetting On Dielectric

Authors 

Gupta, R. - Presenter, Johns Hopkins University
Frechette, J. - Presenter, Johns Hopkins University


The effect of contact angle hysteresis on the electrowetting response is not well-understood. We have developed materials for EWOD with variable contact angle hysteresis (between 1-25o). Using these materials we have investigated the effect of the contact angle hysteresis on the spreading of the fluid drop with applied potential. Our results demonstrate that even a small amount of contact angle hysteresis (5o) will alter the electrowetting performance. We have also found a linear relationship between the electrowetting hysteresis and the contact angle hysteresis, with the electrowetting hysteresis being half of the contact angle hysteresis. We discuss this relationship in the context of the forces acting on the triple contact line.