Dropwise condensation on micro-and nanostructured surfaces

Ryan Enright, Nenad Miljkovic, Jorge L. Alvarado, Kwang Kim, John W. Rose

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In this review we cover recent developments in the area of surface-enhanced dropwise condensation against the background of earlier work. The development of fabrication techniques to create surface structures at the micro-and nanoscale using both bottom-up and top-down approaches has led to increased study of complex interfacial phenomena. In the heat transfer community, researchers have been extensively exploring the use of advanced surface structuring techniques to enhance phase-change heat transfer processes. In particular, the field of vapor-to-liquid condensation and especially that of water condensation has experienced a renaissance due to the promise of further optimizing this process at the micro-and nanoscale by exploiting advances in surface engineering developed over the last several decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-250
Number of pages28
JournalNanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2014


  • condensation
  • dropwise
  • jumping
  • microstructure
  • nanostructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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