Droplet Wetting and Evaporation provides engineers, students, and researchers with the first comprehensive guide to the theory and applications of droplet wetting and evaporation.

Beginning with a relevant theoretical background, the book moves on to consider specific aspects, including heat transfer, flow instabilities, and the drying of complex fluid droplets.

Each chapter covers the principles of the subject, addressing corresponding practical issues and problems.

The text is ideal for a broad range of domains, from aerospace and materials, to biomedical applications, comprehensively relaying the challenges and approaches from the different communities leading the way in droplet research and development.

Key Features

  • Provides a broad, cross-subject coverage of theory and application that is ideal for engineers, students and researchers who need to follow all major developments in this interdisciplinary field
  • Includes comprehensive discussions of heat transfer, flow instabilities, and the drying of complex fluid droplets
  • Begins with an accessible summary of fundamental theory before moving on to specific areas such as heat transfer, flow instabilities, and the drying of complex fluid droplets


Engineers, researchers and graduate students of mechanical, chemical and biomedical engineering working on droplet problems and applications.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Biographies
  • Preface
    • References
  • Introduction
    • References
  • Section I: Wetting and Spreading
    • Chapter 1. Liquid Spreading
      • 1.1 Theoretical concepts: equilibrium surface thermodynamics
      • 1.2 Spreading dynamics: pure fluids
      • 1.3 Spreading with complex fluids
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Contact Angles and the Surface Free Energy of Solids
      • 2.1 Equilibrium contact angle: Zisman plots
      • 2.2 Contact angle hysteresis
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Triple Line Motion and Evaporation
      • 3.1 Triple line dynamics
      • 3.2 Pinned TLs
      • 3.3 TL depinning during evaporation
      • Glossary
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Precursor Films and Contact Line Microstructures
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 The lubrication approximation
      • 4.3 Cox–Voinov solution and viscous bending
      • 4.4 Extended flat microfilms
      • 4.5 Microstructure of the moving contact line for a nonvolatile liquid
      • 4.6 Liquids with evaporation/condensation into/from their pure vapor
      • 4.7 Summary and concluding remarks
      • Glossary
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Superamphiphobic Surfaces
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Overhanging textures
      • 5.3 Slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS)
      • Glossary
      • Nomenclature
      • References
    • Chapter 6. Superspreading
      • 6.1 Definition of superspreading—trisiloxane surfactants
      • 6.2 Papers and reviews on superspreading—the good, the bad, or the ugly?
      • 6.3 Chemical structures of trisiloxane surfactants—correlation with spreading performance?
      • 6.4 Data, hypotheses, models, and theories—how to prove the unprovable?
      • 6.5 Mode of action of superspreading surfactants—


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About the author

David Brutin

David Brutin is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Aix-Marseille University. He is currently working on phase change heat transfer with pure and complex fluids, for example blood and nanofluids. His research interests include space; aeronautics; medical diagnosis; forensic science; and printing industry.