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Nucleation and Growth of a Nanobubble on Rough Surfaces

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posted on 10.04.2020 by Shantanu Maheshwari, Cor van Kruijsdijk, Suchismita Sanyal, Albert D. Harvey
We study the nucleation and growth of a nanobubble on rough surfaces using molecular dynamics simulations. A nanobubble nucleates and grows by virtue of a heterogeneous surface reaction which results in the production of gas molecules near the surface. We study the role of surface roughness in the nucleation and growth behavior of a nanobubble. We perform simulations at various reaction rates and surface morphology and quantified the growth dynamics of a nanobubble. Our simulations show that after the onset of nucleation, the nanobubble grows rapidly with radius following t1/3 behavior followed by a diffusive growth regime which is marked by t1/2 growth behavior. This growth behavior remains independent of surface roughness and reaction rates over the range considered in this study. We also quantified the oversaturation of gas required for nucleation of a nanobubble and demonstrated its dependence on the surface morphology.