A Professor at Syracuse University, Shalabh Maroo, his research group, and collaborators at NIST and RPI have “created a single vapor bubble in a pool of liquid that can remain stable on a surface for hours, instead of milliseconds,” reported Nanowerk.com.
The group used a focused laser beam to put boiling on pause, which will give researchers “the time necessary to microscopically study vapor bubbles and determine ways to optimize the boiling process–maximizing the amount of heat removal with a minimal rise in surface temperature,” explained Nanowerk.
“With this technique, we are able to analyze the fundamentals of boiling,” Maroo said, according to Nanowerk, “The new understanding is going to help researchers design surface structures to achieve desired heat transfer, accurately predict as well as enhance boiling in outer space where lack of gravity causes bubbles to stay stationary on a heated surface, and create next-generation technology for thermal management in electronics.”
Maroo’s work has been published in its entirety in Nature Publishing Group’s high-impact journal, Scientific Reports.
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