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Ice nucleation behaviour on sol–gel coatings with different surface energy and roughness


Fu, QT and Liu, EJ and Wilson, PW and Chen, Z, Ice nucleation behaviour on sol-gel coatings with different surface energy and roughness, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, (33) pp. 21492-21500. ISSN 1463-9076 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1039/c5cp03243a


In this paper, the ice nucleation temperatures of 10 μL water droplets on a series of sol–gel coatings with different roughness and surface energies were obtained using a customized automatic measurement system. Classical nucleation theory was then employed to explain the different icing behaviour on the coatings. It was found that the wetting mode at low temperatures is strongly correlated with the icing behavior of the droplets on the surfaces. Ice-phobic coatings can lower the icing temperature of the droplet on the surface by up to 6.9 °C compared with non-icephobic ones. Using classical nucleation theory, our results support some recent observations that the dominant nucleation sites are along the substrate–water–vapour three-phase contact line rather than at the substrate–water interface.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Physical properties of materials
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Wilson, PW (Professor Peter Wilson)
ID Code:108901
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-05-10
Last Modified:2017-10-30
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