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Thin Films of Soft Matter

  • Serafim Kalliadasis
  • Uwe Thiele

Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 490)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Ralf Seemann, Stephan Herminghaus, Karin Jacobs
    Pages 1-24
  3. Jens G. Eggers
    Pages 95-113
  4. David Quéré
    Pages 115-135
  5. Serafim Kalliadasis
    Pages 137-190
  6. Yuxing Ben, Evgeny A. Demekhin, Hsueh-Chia Chang
    Pages 191-206

About this book


A detailed overview and comprehensive analysis of the main theoretical and experimental advances on free surface thin film and jet flows of soft matter is given. At the theoretical front the book outlines the basic equations and boundary conditions and the derivation of low-dimensional models for the evolution of the free surface. Such models include long-wave expansions and equations of the boundary layer type and are analyzed via linear stability analysis, weakly nonlinear theories and strongly nonlinear analysis including construction of stationary periodic and solitary wave and similarity solutions. At the experimental front a variety of very recent experimental developments is outlined and the link between theory and experiments is illustrated. Such experiments include spreading drops and bubbles, imbibitions, singularity formation at interfaces and experimental characterization of thin films using atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry and contact angle measurements and analysis of patterns using Minkowski functionals.


Helium-Atom-Streuung chemical engineering chemistry continuum mechanics dynamics ellipsometry film fluid dynamics nonlinear dynamics physical chemistry simulation soft matter stability surface thin films

Editors and affiliations

  • Serafim Kalliadasis
    • 1
  • Uwe Thiele
    • 2
  1. 1.Imperial College LondonUK
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik Komplexer SystemeDresdenGermany

About the editors

Kalliadasis, S., Imperial College London, UK; Thiele, U., Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Dresden, Germany

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