Controlled Ice Formation

Utilizing superhydrophobic surfaces for anti-icing is getting more and more attention nowadays. However, superhydrophobic surfaces lose their icephobic property when ice covers the whole surface area. In this work, we propose a way to alleviate the impact of icing on a surface by spatially controlling the ice formation at its early stage and remedying the ice issue locally and immediately on the solid surface.

Related articles: 

  • ​​Ching-Wen Lo, Venkataraman Sahoo and Ming-Chang Lu, Control of Ice Formation, ACS Nano, 11, pp. 2665-2674, 2017. (Featured by X-OL,  Nanowerk and Phys.org)

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