In this articlewe study systematically the effect ofwettability on the onset of boiling on the same nanometrically smooth surface. By grafting differentmonolayers ofmolecules, we were able to explore the wettability from the equilibrium static contact angle, θ0=0° to θ0 =110°, without changing the surface topography. The superheat temperature at the onset of pool boiling wasmeasured and eventually a non-classical trend of TONB as a function of wettability was observed. The nucleation site densities for the different grafting cases were also measured by image analysis. Moreover, we propose a novel theoretical interpretation to this phenomenon linking nucleation and the molecular diffusion coefficient. MD simulation results support this approach.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Advances in Colloid and Interface Science|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Apr 2015|
- Pool boiling
- Surface treatment
- Heat transfer