Wetting of Graphene

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Graphene, a remarkable 2D material, has attracted immense attention for its unique physical properties that make it ideal for a myriad of applications from electronics to biology. Fundamental to many such applications is the interaction of graphene with water, necessitating an understanding of wetting of graphene. Here, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to understand two fundamental issues of water drop wetting on graphene: (a) the dynamics of graphene wetting and (b) wetting of graphene nanostructures. The first problem unravels that the wetting dynamics of nanodrops on graphene are exactly the same as on standard, non-2D (or non-layered) solids – this is an extremely important finding given the significant difference in the wetting statics of graphene with respect to standard solids stemming from graphene’s wetting translucency effect. This same effect, as shown in the second problem, interplays with roughness introduced by nanostructures to trigger graphene superhydrophobicity following a hitherto unknown route.