Droplet jumping physics on biphilic surfaces with different nanostructures and surface orientations under various air pressure conditions

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Article number100849
Journal / PublicationCell Reports Physical Science
Volume3
Issue number4
Online published8 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2022

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Suffering from the adhesion of condensing water droplets, surface condensation performance is severely degraded. On a biphilic surface, condensing droplets efficiently nucleate while spontaneously being effectively removed from the surface due to the coalescence-induced droplet jumping phenomenon, significantly improving the surface condensation performance. However, it remains a challenge to appropriately tune the biphilic surface structure to maximize the droplet jumping performance and improve the condensation. Here, we report an experimentally verified droplet jumping theory that can optimize the biphilic surface structure, maximizing the droplet jumping height on the biphilic surface. Effects of surface orientation and air pressure are also investigated. The heat flux on the optimized biphilic surface can be enhanced by ∼43% and ∼139% compared with that on the superhydrophobic surface and a normal copper plate under atmospheric conditions, respectively, while that of the water collection flux can be improved by ∼61% and ∼273%, respectively.

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  • biphilic nanostructures, condensation, droplet jumping height, heat flux, heat transfer, jumping droplets, surface orientation, thermal applications, water collection, wetting characteristics

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Droplet jumping physics on biphilic surfaces with different nanostructures and surface orientations under various air pressure conditions. / Zhu, Yihao; Ho, Tsz Chung; Lee, Hau Him; Leung, Michael Kwok Hi; Tso, Chi Yan.

In: Cell Reports Physical Science, Vol. 3, No. 4, 100849, 20.04.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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