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SOFT WETTING Report Summary

Project ID: 616918
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Netherlands

Periodic Report Summary 2 - SOFT WETTING (Soft Wetting)

The ERC Consolidator Grant deals with phenomena of Soft Wetting, i.e. liquid drops in contact with soft surfaces. We have revealed how drops spread over soft gels and that they exhibit remarkable interactions: liquid drops can attract or repel by the so-called Inverted Cheerios effect. Such interactions could play an important role in phenomena of cell–cell interaction and cell adhesion to biological tissues, and be exploited to engineer soft smart surfaces for controlled drop coalescence and colloidal assembly. The concepts and tools of the research program are currently being explored to the adhesion microgels and nanoparticles in the context of emulsions and polymer technology.

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