ME Seminar Series: Prof. Evelyn Wang, MIT
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Nanoengineered Surfaces: Transport Phenomena and Energy Applications Nanoengineered surfaces offer new possibilities to manipulate fluidic and thermal transport processes for a variety of applications including lab-on-a-chip, thermal management, and energy conversion systems. In particular, nanostructures on these surfaces can be harnessed to achieve superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity, as well as to control liquid spreading, droplet wetting, and bubble dynamics. In this talk, I will discuss fundamental studies of droplet and bubble behavior on nanoengineered surfaces, and the effect of such fluid-structure interactions on boiling and condensation heat transfer. Three-dimensional micro, nano, and hierarchical structured arrays were fabricated to create superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic surfaces with unique properties.