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Inhibition of Ice Nucleation by Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS)


Wilson, PW and Lu, W and Xu, H and Kim, P and Kreder, MJ and Alvarenga, J and Aizenberg, J, Inhibition of Ice Nucleation by Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: Journal of European Chemical Societies, 15, (2) pp. 581-585. ISSN 1463-9076 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1039/c2cp43586a


Ice repellent coatings have been studied and keenly sought after for many years, where any advances in the durability of such coatings will result in huge energy savings across many fields. Progress in creating anti-ice and anti-frost surfaces has been particularly rapid since the discovery and development of slippery, liquid infused porous surfaces (SLIPS). Here we use SLIPS-coated differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) pans to investigate the effects of the surface modification on the nucleation of supercooled water. This investigation is inherently different from previous studies which looked at the adhesion of ice to SLIPS surfaces, or the formation of ice under high humidity conditions. Given the stochastic nature of nucleation of ice from supercooled water, multiple runs on the same sample are needed to determine if a given surface coating has a real and statistically significant effect on the nucleation temperature. We have cycled supercooling to freezing and then thawing of deionized water in hydrophilic (untreated aluminum), hydrophobic, superhydrophobic, and SLIPS-treated DSC pans multiple times to determine the effects of surface treatment on the nucleation and subsequent growth of ice. We find that SLIPS coatings lower the nucleation temperature of supercooled water in contact with statistical significance and show no deterioration or change in the coating performance even after 150 freeze-thaw cycles. © the Owner Societies 2013.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Condensed matter physics
Research Field:Soft condensed matter
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:90643
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:258
Deposited By:Faculty of Health
Deposited On:2014-04-15
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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