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September 2015

Wrapping droplets with thin sheets in the news

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A partial wrapping of a water drop immersed in silicone oil, using a circular polystyrene sheet that is 39 nm thick and 3.0 mm in diameter.

Recent work on wrapping liquid droplets with thin elastic sheets was highlighted in a UMass Amherst press release, which was picked up by numerous news sites. Stories were also written in Gizmodo (here and here), nanotechweb.org, AIMResearchprophysik.de, and in Syracuse University’s “Headlines from the Hill”.

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Wrapping droplets with thin sheets in Nature Materials

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A circular polystyrene sheet wrapping a water drop immersed in silicone oil. The sheet is 39 nm thick and 3.0 mm in diameter.

“Optimal wrapping of liquid droplets with ultrathin sheets” appeared in Nature Materials (link)This work explains the wide variety of shapes that can form when a very thin elastic sheet wraps itself around a liquid drop. Continue reading “Wrapping droplets with thin sheets in Nature Materials”

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