Hierarchical liquid marbles formed using floating hydrophobic powder and levitating water droplets

Pritam Kumar Roy, Bernard P. Binks, Shraga Shoval, Leonid A. Dombrovsky, Edward Bormashenko

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Hypothesis: Liquid marbles i.e. droplets coated by hydrophobic particles may be formed not only on the solid substrates but also on the floating layers of hydrophobic powders such as fluorinated fumed silica or polytetrafluoroethylene. Experiments: Formation and growth of liquid marbles on fluorinated fumed silica or polytetrafluoroethylene powder floating on a heated water-vapor interface is reported. Marbles emerge from condensation of water droplets levitating above the powder layer. Findings: The kinetics of the growth of droplets is reported. Growth of droplets results from three main mechanisms: water condensation, absorption of small droplets and merging of droplets with neighboring ones. Growing droplets are coated with the hydrophobic powder, eventually giving rise to the formation of stable liquid marbles. Formation of hierarchical liquid marbles is reported. Growth of liquid marbles emerging from water condensation follows the linear temporal dependence. A phenomenological model of the liquid marble growth is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-474
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2022


  • Condensation
  • Fluorinated fumed silica
  • Levitation
  • Liquid marbles
  • Water droplets


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