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Pathways to Intrinsically Icephobic Surfaces

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 INTICE project word cloud

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Project "INTICE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Raemistrasse 101
postcode: 8092

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙498˙043 €
 EC max contribution 2˙498˙043 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-11-01   to  2020-10-31


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 Project objective

Icing of surfaces is common in nature and technology, affecting everyday life and often causing catastrophic events. Despite progress in recent years in the area of hydrophobicity, engineered surfaces that can be employed in applications based on their intrinsic icephobicity, going beyond classical additional chemical coatings or heating treatments, are not a reality. Understanding and counteracting surface icing brings with it significant scientific challenges, which form an intersection of nucleation thermodynamics, interfacial thermofluidics and surface nanoengineering/science. This project will investigate important mesoscale phenomena (a term used here to summarily describe phenomena manifesting themselves in the spatial range from the order of a nanometer to a hundred microns), which affect the behavior of water on surfaces with respect to icing. With the resulting, unifying knowledge base, the aim is to identify pathways for the design and fabrication of a new class of intrinsically icephobic surfaces, based on their a-priori engineered composition and texture. Our aim is to identify anti-nucleation and anti-wetting phenomena, leading to surfaces having long ice nucleation time scales, low water contact and retention, and low ice adhesion. The effects of surface texture curvature on ice nucleation, local liquid confinement on freezing point depression, and mesoscale texture features on interfacial thermofluidics, have intertwined and sometimes counteracting impacts on surface icing behavior, which we aim at unraveling, to determine pathways to high performance surfaces. Connected to all this is the employment of advanced surface texture fabrication and methods to perform the necessary experiments, lending consideration to the development of such surfaces for future applications. Beyond icephobicity, this research has clear implications to the characterization of mesoscale phase change phenomena, for multiphase heat and mass transfer processes and devices.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Thomas Vasileiou, Julia Gerber, Jana Prautzsch, Thomas M. Schutzius, Dimos Poulikakos
Superhydrophobicity enhancement through substrate flexibility
published pages: 13307-13312, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611631113
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113/47 2019-07-04
2017 Thomas M. Schutzius, Christopher Walker, Tanmoy Maitra, Romy Schönherr, Christos Stamatopoulos, Stefan Jung, Carlo Antonini, Hadi Eghlidi, Julie L. Fife, Alessandra Patera, Dominique Derome, Dimos Poulikakos
Detergency and Its Implications for Oil Emulsion Sieving and Separation
published pages: 4250-4259, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00188
Langmuir 33/17 2019-07-04
2017 Gustav Graeber, Thomas M. Schutzius, Hadi Eghlidi, Dimos Poulikakos
Spontaneous self-dislodging of freezing water droplets and the role of wettability
published pages: 11040-11045, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705952114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/42 2019-07-04
2016 Guo Hong, Yang Han, Thomas M. Schutzius, Yuming Wang, Ying Pan, Ming Hu, Jiansheng Jie, Chander S. Sharma, Ulrich Müller, Dimos Poulikakos
On the Mechanism of Hydrophilicity of Graphene
published pages: 4447-4453, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01594
Nano Letters 16/7 2019-07-04
2018 Christopher Walker, Sebastian Lerch, Matthias Reininger, Hadi Eghlidi, Athanasios Milionis, Thomas M. Schutzius, Dimos Poulikakos
Desublimation Frosting on Nanoengineered Surfaces
published pages: 8288-8296, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b03554
ACS Nano 12/8 2019-07-04
2018 Efstratios Mitridis, Thomas M. Schutzius, Alba Sicher, Claudio U. Hail, Hadi Eghlidi, Dimos Poulikakos
Metasurfaces Leveraging Solar Energy for Icephobicity
published pages: 7009-7017, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02719
ACS Nano 12/7 2019-07-04
2017 Thomas Vasileiou, Thomas M. Schutzius, Dimos Poulikakos
Imparting Icephobicity with Substrate Flexibility
published pages: 6708-6718, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01412
Langmuir 33/27 2019-07-04
2017 Athanasios Milionis, Carlo Antonini, Stefan Jung, Anders Nelson, Thomas M. Schutzius, Dimos Poulikakos
Contactless Transport and Mixing of Liquids on Self-Sustained Sublimating Coatings
published pages: 1799-1809, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b04377
Langmuir 33/8 2019-07-04

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