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Evaporation and Condensation on Two-Tier Superhydrophobic Surfaces

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Chuan-Hua Chen, Qingjun Cai, Chung-Lung Chen

Teledyne Scientific Company, Camino Dos Rios, CA

Paper No. MNHT2008-52355, pp. 1021-1022; 2 pages
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Superhydrophobic surfaces exhibit large contact angle and small hysteresis which promote liquid transport and enhance heat transfer. Here, liquid-vapor phase change behavior is reported on superhydrophobic surfaces with short carbon nanotubes deposited on micromachined posts, a two-tier texture mimicking the surface structure of lotus leaves. Compared to one-tier microtexture which energetically favors the Wenzel state, the two-tier texture with nanoscale roughness favors the Cassie state, the desired superhydrophobic state. During droplet evaporation, the two-tier texture delays the transition from Cassie to Wenzel state. Using two-tier texture with hexadeconethiol coating, continuous dropwise condensation was demonstrated for the first time on engineered superhydrophobic surfaces.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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