Particle Adhesion and Removal

Wiley-Scrivener (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 6. Januar 2015
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  • 576 Seiten
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The book provides a comprehensive and easily accessiblereference source covering all important aspects of particleadhesion and removal. The core objective is to cover bothfundamental and applied aspects of particle adhesion and removalwith emphasis on recent developments.
Among the topics to be covered include:
1. Fundamentals of surface forces in particle adhesion andremoval.
2. Mechanisms of particle adhesion and removal.
3. Experimental methods (e.g. AFM, SFA,SFM,IFM, etc.) tounderstand particle-particle and particle-substrateinteractions.
4. Mechanics of adhesion of micro- and nanoscaleparticles.
5. Various factors affecting particle adhesion to a variety ofsubstrates.
6. Surface modification techniques to modulate particleadhesion.
7. Various cleaning methods (both wet & dry) for particleremoval.
8. Relevance of particle adhesion in a host of technologies rangingfrom simple to ultra-sophisticated.
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Chapter 1

Fundamental Forces in Particle Adhesion

Stephen Beaudoin1, Priyanka Jaiswal2, Aaron Harrison1, Jennifer Laster1, Kathryn Smith1, Melissa Sweat1, and Myles Thomas1

1School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN, USA,

2Department of Applied Chemistry & Polymer Technology, Delhi Technological University (formerly Delhi College of Engineering), New Delhi, India

*Corresponding author:


van der Waals, capillary, and electrostatic forces acting at the interface between a particle and a surface drive the adhesion behavior of the particles. If one can describe the nature and the strength of these forces as a function of the properties of the two interacting solids and the intervening medium, it is possible to predict and, in many cases, to control particle adhesion. This chapter focuses on the factors that influence the nature and strength of the forces, the fundamental theories that describe them, and the relevant mathematical expressions required to quantify them, with a caveat that the analysis presented is limited to systems with ideal geometry. Specifically, more advanced analysis, which may account for aspects such as roughness, non-uniform shape, deformation, and other complicating aspects, is not treated.

Keywords: Particle adhesion, van der Waals force, Hamaker constant, electrostatic force, double layer, capillary force, surface tension, surface energy.

1.1 Introduction

Particle adhesion influences many areas of science and engineering, including semiconductor fabrication, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, mining, separations, petroleum production, surface coating, and food processing, to name a few. In the context of this chapter, adhesion is an interfacial phenomenon which appears when two solid bodies, one of which is of colloidal dimensions, approach each other closely. As the two surfaces approach, a complex interplay of van der Waals, electrostatic, and capillary forces drives the resulting behavior. Thorough knowledge of these surface forces is essential to understanding particle adhesion.

1.2 Various Forces in Particle Adhesion

In most applications of practical interest, the forces that control the adhesion between solid particles and solid surfaces are van der Waals (dipole) forces, electrostatic forces, and forces resulting from any liquid bridges due to capillaries or adsorbed molecular water between the two solids. Depending on the composition of the particle, the solid, and the ambient medium (air of varying relative humidity or aqueous solution are of interest here), the relative importance of these may change. This chapter provides an overview of these varying forces.

1.2.1 Capillary Forces

When a solid particle of characteristic dimension on the order of 100 micrometers or smaller is in contact with a solid surface in a gaseous medium (air), the relative humidity (RH) of the air is a critical factor in the relative importance of the forces that will influence the adhesion between the particle and surface [1,2]. Specifically, water molecules in humid air will minimize their free energy by adsorbing on surfaces at low humidity and by condensing onto surfaces at higher humidity, if the surfaces of interest are sufficiently hydrophilic [3-8]. If condensed moisture forms liquid bridges between a particle and a surface, the capillary forces resulting from these liquid bridges will generally be the controlling forces in the particle adhesion [9]. The behavior of adsorbed water molecules has been studied using gravimetric methods, ellipsometry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the surface force apparatus (SFA), among others [3-8, 10-19]. Forces Across a Curved Liquid Interface

When a solid surface comes in contact with a liquid medium, the difference in the magnitude of the net cohesive forces between the liquid molecules (i.e., Fl-l), and the net adhesion force between the liquid and the solid molecules (i.e., Fs-l) initiates the formation of a liquid meniscus at the solid/liquid interface. The nature of the curvature of the liquid meniscus (concave or convex) depends on which force, Fs-l (concave) or Fl-l (convex) is dominant. This leads to the phenomenon of wetting or de-wetting of the surface. Figure 1.1 shows an example of a liquid climbing on a solid plate. In this case, Fs-l > Fl-l. Solid surfaces which have Fs-l > Fl-l are known as high energy surfaces. If the liquid is an aqueous solution, these are known as hydrophilic surfaces. If the liquid is non-aqueous, they are known as lyophilic surfaces. Such surfaces facilitate wetting. Mica, silicon dioxide, metals, and oxidized surfaces in general are typically hydrophilic. Solid surfaces in which Fs-l < Fl-l are known as low energy surfaces. If the liquid is an aqueous solution, these are the hydrophobic surfaces. If the liquid is non-aqueous, they are the lyophobic surfaces. They facilitate de-wetting. Most organic surfaces, including most polymers, are hydrophobic. The surface energy of such materials can be increased by surface modifications (e.g., surface oxidation achieved via ultraviolet radiation, plasma discharge, laser irradiation, etc.) to enhance their hydrophilicity [20].

Figure 1.1 Meniscus formation on a solid plate partially immersed in a wetting liquid. Surface Tension Force Acting at a Solid/Liquid Interface

The origin of surface tension is the unbalanced intermolecular force acting on the liquid molecules at the surface. The molecules present in the bulk of the liquid experience no net intermolecular force as they are surrounded by molecules of similar properties and hence are in a low energy state. However, the liquid molecules present at a liquid/solid or liquid/air interface are in an unbalanced or high energy state as they experience a net intermolecular force resulting from the difference in properties of the molecules in the different media. This leads to the development of the surface tension force. The surface tension (?) is quantified as the net surface tension force acting on a unit length of the liquid/solid or liquid/air interface. Figure 1.2 is a schematic of a spherical particle in contact with a solid surface through a liquid medium. The surface tension force, Fst, acting on the solid/liquid boundary (the dotted line) can be obtained as


where a is the angle of inclination of the liquid meniscus from the vertical, and lwetted is the perimeter of the meniscus boundary on the solid surface.

Figure 1.2 Schematic showing surface tension force acting at the solid/liquid interface. Capillary Pressure Force Acting Across a Curved Liquid Interface

The micro-/nano-contacts between two solid surfaces act as active sites for condensation in a humid environment if the RH is above a critical value. When condensed moisture comes in contact with the solid surfaces, a liquid meniscus is formed in the contact region bridging the two solid surfaces, as shown in Figure 1.3.

Figure 1.3 A liquid bridge surrounding a solid particle in contact with a flat substrate.

Menisci form through two methods on solid surfaces: the spontaneous condensation of a vapor in a confined space (otherwise known as capillary condensation) and, for non-volatile liquids, the combination of adsorbed layers (on the two adhering surfaces) merged into a meniscus. A meniscus induces a pressure difference across the liquid-vapor interface, as shown in Figure 1.4, where the pressure on the liquid side of the meniscus is lower than that in the surrounding vapor. This pressure difference is described by the Young-Laplace equation


where ?P is the pressure difference across the meniscus (the Laplace pressure), ?l is the surface tension of the liquid condensate, and rn and rp are the two principal radii of curvature (ROC) of the liquid bridge between the surfaces [21]. The Laplace pressure acts over an area, A, and induces a force that pulls the two surfaces together increasing the total adhesion force [9]. The normal surface tension force around the circumference of the meniscus (Equation 1.1) also contributes to the force, but it is usually small compared to the pressure-induced force and is often not considered for micro-scale particles [9].

Figure 1.4 A spherical particle adhering onto a flat substrate with a liquid bridge formed at the solid-solid interface. The meniscus geometry is shown on the right.

The following relations can be obtained for the geometry shown:



where d is the height of the particle inside the liquid bridge, and D is the separation distance, as shown in Figure 1.4, ?1 and ?2 are the contact angles of the liquid with the sphere (1) and the flat substrate (2), and f is the half angle subtended at the center of the sphere by the wetted area of the sphere (this is also known as the embracing' or 'filling' angle).

The ROC, rn, can also be obtained from the geometry shown in Figure 1.4:


where R is the particle radius. The equilibrium capillary pressure force,...

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