Manipulating bubbles in aqueous environment via a lubricant-infused slippery surface

Cunming Yu, Xuanbo Zhu, Kan Li, Moyuan Cao, Lei Jiang

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Designing functional interfaces to control solid/fluid interactions has emerged as an indispensable strategy for developing advanced materials and optimizing current technologies. Surfaces exhibiting special wettability offer many paradigms for regulating fluid behavior in practical applications including oil–water separation and fog harvesting. Nevertheless, the flexible manipulation of air bubbles under water still has room for further exploration. Here, it is reported that the lubricant-infused slippery (LIS) surface with water repellency is applicable to manipulate bubbles in an aqueous environment. On the basis of the sufficient bubble adhesion, the shaped LIS tracks can be used in guiding the bubble delivery and facilitating continuous bubble distribution. Through the incorporation of an asymmetrical structure into the LIS surface, a triangle-shaped bubble holder is capable of controlling a single bubble with ease. Moreover, the LIS surface is integrated with a H2 microbubble evolving apparatus, demonstrating a potential method for in situ capture and delivery of microbubbles. The current finding reveals the meaningful interaction between underwater bubbles and the LIS surface, providing several examples for the applications of this bubble carrier, which should shed new light on the development of bubble-controlling interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1701605
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • anisotropy
  • bubble adhesion
  • fluid manipulation
  • slippery surfaces
  • underwater bubbles

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