Physics, Applied Mechanical Engineering
Ideal hydrophobic-hydrophilic composite cavities are highly desired to enhance nucleate boiling. However, it is challenging and costly to fabricate these types of cavities by conventional micro/nano fabrication techniques. In this study, a type of hydrophobic-hydrophilic composite interfaces were synthesized from functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes by introducing hydrophilic functional groups on the pristine multiwall carbon nanotubes. This type of carbon nanotube enabled hydrophobic-hydrophilic composite interfaces were systematically characterized. Ideal cavities created by the interfaces were experimentally demonstrated to be the primary reason to substantially enhance nucleate boiling
Published in Applied Physics Letters, Volume 102, Issue 16, 2013, pages 161605-1-161605-5.
© Applied Physics Letters, 2013, American Institute of Physics
Dai, X., Huang, X., Yang, F., Li, X., Sightler, J., Yang, Y., Li, C. (2013). Enhanced Nucleate Boiling on Horizontal Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Carbon Nanotube Coatings. Applied Physics Letters, 102(16), 161605-1-161605-5.