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Rough capillary rise

Panter, Jack R.; Konicek, Andrew R.; King, Mark A.; Jusufi, Arben; Yeganeh, Mohsen S.; Kusumaatmaja, Halim

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Jack R. Panter

Andrew R. Konicek

Mark A. King

Arben Jusufi

Mohsen S. Yeganeh


Capillary rise within rough structures is a wetting phenomenon that is fundamental to survival in biological organisms, deterioration of our built environment, and performance of numerous innovations, from 3D microfluidics to carbon capture. Here, to accurately predict rough capillary rise, we must couple two wetting phenomena: capillary rise and hemiwicking. Experiments, simulations, and theory demonstrate how this coupling challenges our conventional understanding and intuitions of wetting and roughness. Firstly, the critical contact angle for hemiwicking becomes separation-dependent so that hemiwicking can vanish for even highly wetting liquids. Secondly, the rise heights for perfectly wetting liquids can differ between smooth and rough systems, even with the same 0∘ contact angle. Finally, the raised liquid volumes are substantially increased in rough compared to smooth systems. To explain and predict all rise heights and volumes with quantitative accuracy, we present the Dual-Rise model that is valid for general roughness, liquids, and surface wettabilities.


Panter, J. R., Konicek, A. R., King, M. A., Jusufi, A., Yeganeh, M. S., & Kusumaatmaja, H. (2023). Rough capillary rise. Communications Physics, 6, Article 44.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 27, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2023
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2023
Journal Communications Physics
Electronic ISSN 2399-3650
Publisher Nature Research
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Article Number 44


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