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Fluorine-Induced Superhydrophilic TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

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Zhi-Yong Luo, Dong-Chuan Mo, Shu-Shen Lyu

Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Paper No. MNHMT2016-6328, pp. V001T06A001; 6 pages
  • ASME 2016 5th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Volume 1: Micro/Nanofluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Nanofluids; Micro/Nanoscale Interfacial Transport Phenomena; Micro/Nanoscale Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer; Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Radiation; Micro/Nanoscale Energy Devices and Systems
  • Biopolis, Singapore, January 4–6, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4965-1
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Continuous water film formed on a hydrophilic or superhydrophilic surface can delay the formation of a vapor film in boiling and thus improve critical heat flux (CHF), therefore, the fabrication of hydrophilic or superhydrophilic surface is an efficient approach to enhance boiling heat transfer. In the present work, superhydrophilic TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiNAs) interfaces are fabricated by anodization in fluoride contained electrolyte, and the fluorine is found out to be the key factor affecting the wettability of TiNAs interfaces. After anodization, a stable oxy-fluoride layer was formed at the interface as form of -O-Ti-F, the fluorine atoms are linked to the interface as terminal groups. Due to the strong polarity of titanium oxy-fluorides, superhrophilic TiO2 nanotube arrays interface is obtained. Furthermore, we characterize the stability of titanium oxy-fluorides by storing. After store for 2 months, the inner titanium fluorides (TiF4) are lost due to its strong volatility. Fortunately, the content of titanium oxy-fluorides remains the same, and retain its remarkable superhydrophilic properties. It is potential to design energy-efficient devices ranging from boiling heat transfer to self-cleaning.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Nanotubes



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