Special issue of “Atmosphere” on droplet clusters

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433) “Levitating Droplet Clusters in Aerosol Science”.



Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alexander A. Fedorets Website
Guest Editor
Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO), Tyumen State University, 625003 Tyumen, Russian Federation
Interests: droplet cluster; microhydrodynamics; microfluidics; heat transfer
Dr. Leonid A. Dombrovsky Website
Guest Editor
Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 111116 Moscow, Russian Federation
Interests: heat transfer; disperse systems; radiative transfer; droplets
Prof. Michael J. Nosonovsky Website
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering,College of Engineering & Applied Science University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI 53211-0413, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413, USA
Interests: wetting; friction; surface science; capillary phenomena; droplets
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Prof. Dr. Edward Bormashenko Website
Guest Editor
The Department Chemical Engineering, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel
Interests: surface science; polymer science; wetting; droplets; biomimetics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Self-assembled clusters of levitating condensed microdroplets are a relatively new phenomenon, first described in the literature in 2004. After the discovery of the droplet cluster, intensive studies of this phenomenon have been conducted. These studies resulted in new insights on the mechanisms which control the parameters of the clusters and their evolution. Technologies have been developed to generate clusters with any desirable number of droplets, to stabilize the cluster for a long periods of time, to control the size of individual droplets, and to obtain clusters at relatively low temperatures, which makes them an appropriate platform for the in situ observation of biological processes and as chemical micro-reactors. New phenomena have been observed, such as the chain cluster and hierarchical cluster, electrostatic effects in clusters, as well as unusual symmetries of small clusters. The relationship of clusters to other phenomena, such as breath figures, the Leidenfrost effect, networks, and colloidal clusters, have also been investigated. This Special Issue will cover all topics related to the droplet cluster and other similar phenomena, including:

  • The observation and characterization of droplet clusters;
  • The application of droplet clusters for biological, chemical, and physical experiments;
  • Atmospheric phenomena related to droplet clustering (mist, fog, and clouds);
  • Microfluidic aspects of microdroplet clusters;
  • Relationship of the droplet cluster to the Leidenfrost effect, breath figures, and colloidal clusters;
  • Methods of droplet cluster characterization and related concepts (entropy, symmetry, etc.).

Prof. Dr. Alexander A. Fedorets
Dr. Leonid A. Dombrovsky
Prof. Michael J. Nosonovsky
Prof. Dr. Edward Bormashenko
Guest Editors

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  • droplet clusters
  • microdroplets
  • colloidal crystals
  • self-organization