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[2018-03-23] Bio-inspired Functional Surfaces for Enhanced Condensation Heat Transfer


Title: Bio-inspired Functional Surfaces for Enhanced Condensation Heat Transfer

Speaker: Prof. Xuemei Chen, Nanjing Univ Sci & Technol

Date/Time: 9:30 AM, Mar. 23 (Fri.)

Location: Room 202, Lujiaxi Building


Vapor condensation plays a key role in a wide range of industrial applications including power generation, thermal management, water harvesting and desalination. Over the past few decades, extensive efforts have been made to enhance condensation heat transfer enabled by traditional homogeneous superhydrophobic surfaces, however, fast droplet nucleation and efficient droplet departure as well as low interfacial thermal resistance are important factors that determine the thermal performances of condensation; these properties have conflicting requirements on the structural roughness and surface chemistry of the condensing surface or condensation modes (e.g., filmwise vs dropwise). In this talk, I will discuss our recent efforts in tailoring surface/interface morphology and chemistry for enhanced condensation heat transfer.


Dr. Xuemei Chen is currently a professor in the School of Energy and Power Engineering at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. degree in the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from City University of Hong Kong (2013), B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2010) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Jinan University. Prior to joining Nanjing University of Science and Technology in 2017, she did her postdoctoral work in School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Her research interests include condensation/boiling heat transfer, thermal fluid dynamics, nature-inspired surface engineering, etc. Her research has been honored with awards including Young 1000 Talent Plan (2017), MRS Student Travel Award (2012), Research Excellence Awards of City University of Hong Kong (2012 and 2013), and Outstanding Scientific Innovation Achievement Award of Shandong Province (2010). Her work has been reported by several media outfits and magazines.