Remote Manipulation of Droplets on a Flexible Magnetically Responsive Film
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- Remote Manipulation of Droplets on a Flexible Magnetically Responsive Film
- Kim, Jeong Hun; Kang, Seong Min; Lee, Byung Jun; Ko, Hangil; Bae, Won-Gyu; Suh, KahpYang; Kwak, Moon Kyu; Jeong, Hoon Eui
- WETTING PROPERTIES; SURFACES; WETTABILITY
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- NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
- SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v.5, no., pp.17843 -
- The manipulation of droplets is used in a wide range of applications, from lab-on-a-chip devices to bioinspired functional surfaces. Although a variety of droplet manipulation techniques have been proposed, active, fast and reversible manipulation of pure discrete droplets remains elusive due to the technical limitations of previous techniques. Here, we describe a novel technique that enables active, fast, precise and reversible control over the position and motion of a pure discrete droplet with only a permanent magnet by utilizing a magnetically responsive flexible film possessing actuating hierarchical pillars on the surface. This magnetically responsive surface shows reliable actuating capabilities with immediate field responses and maximum tilting angles of ∼90°. Furthermore, the magnetic responsive film exhibits superhydrophobicity regardless of tilting angles of the actuating pillars. Using this magnetically responsive film, we demonstrate active and reversible manipulation of droplets with a remote magnetic force.
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