Wetting is the ability of a liquid to spread over a solid surface. The degree of wetting is called wettability, and is determined by a force balance between the cohesive forces of the liquid and the adhesive forces between the surface and the liquid.

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    Guided drop transport at high temperature is of great importance in various water and thermal management technologies. Here, authors report a steerable drop transport dictated by the drop boiling states on heated concentric microgroove arrays.

    • Cong Liu
    • , Chenguang Lu
    •  & Yahua Liu
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    A uniform particle deposition is crucial for sensitive applications, such as sensors and electronics. Here, authors introduce a passive protocol to suppress the coffee-ring effect and form uniform films at micro- and nanoscales combining superhydrophilic substrate with a neutral-wetting low-roughness mold.

    • Hossein Zargartalebi
    • , S. Hossein Hejazi
    •  & Amir Sanati-Nezhad
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    While a hallmark of living systems, developing sensory-motor interactions in inanimate systems remains challenging. Here, authors show that nanoporous surfaces can be used to create stimuli-responsive droplet interplay with shape transformation and complex behaviours reminiscent of living cell actions.

    • Agustin D. Pizarro
    • , Claudio L. A. Berli
    •  & Martín G. Bellino
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    Exploring the interactions between liquids and solids is critical for improving control over fluidic systems. Here, authors develop an active way to tailor various polygonal shapes of non-wetting droplet on microtextured surfaces, resulting from the anisotropic energy barriers of the contact line.

    • Jing Lou
    • , Songlin Shi
    •  & Cunjing Lv

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