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Inducing drop to bubble transformation via resonance in ultrasound

Zang, Duyang; Li, Lin; Di, Wenli; Zhang, Zehui; Ding, Changlin; Chen, Zhen; Shen, Wei; Binks, Bernard P.; Geng, Xingguo


Duyang Zang

Lin Li

Wenli Di

Zehui Zhang

Changlin Ding

Zhen Chen

Wei Shen

Xingguo Geng


Bubble formation plays an important role in industries concerned with mineral flotation, food, cosmetics, and materials, which requires additional energy to produce the liquid–gas interfaces. A naturally observed fact is, owing to the effect of surface tension, a bubble film tends to retract to reduce its surface area. Here we show a “reverse” phenomenon whereby a drop is transformed into a bubble using acoustic levitation via acoustic resonance. Once the volume of the cavity encapsulated by the buckled film reaches a critical value V*, resonance occurs and an abrupt inflation is triggered, leading to the formation of a closed bubble. Experiments and simulations both reveal that V* decreases with increasing acoustic frequency, which agrees well with acoustic resonance theory. The results afford enlightening insights into acoustic resonance and highlight its role in manipulating buckled fluid–fluid interfaces, providing a reference for fabricating unique core–shell-like materials.


Zang, D., Li, L., Di, W., Zhang, Z., Ding, C., Chen, Z., …Geng, X. (2018). Inducing drop to bubble transformation via resonance in ultrasound. Nature communications, 9(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 11, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 18, 2018
Journal Nature Communications
Electronic ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Article Number 3546
Keywords General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; General Physics and Astronomy; General Chemistry
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