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Twenty years of drying droplets

When a particle-laden droplet evaporates on a solid surface, the particles form a ring-like deposit. The explanation for this phenomenon, provided in 1997, has led to advances in many areas of science and engineering.

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Larson, R. Twenty years of drying droplets. Nature 550, 466–467 (2017).

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