- Heat exchangers
- Power plants
- Solar thermal conversion systems
- Heat pipes
Superhydrophobic surfaces have received significant interest for drop-wise condensation to increase the efficiency of energy applications. However, nucleation densities on regular superhydrophobic surfaces are difficult to achieve due to the high energy barrier for nuclei formation; hence enhancement of heat transfer can be limited.
This invention is a superhydrophobic surface with increased nucleation density comprising a patterned substrate and a material infused into regions of the substrate.
- Increased nucleation density
- Enhancement of heat transfer