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Novel biomimetically based ice-nucleating coatings
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering.
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Materials Research - Zeitschrift für Metallkunde, ISSN 1862-5282, Vol. 98, no 7, 597-602 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ice nucleation and ice repellence are properties which appear to be contradictory. Both are of great importance: The former for ice generation in the food and cooling industry and the latter for avoiding the adhesion of ice to structures. By mimicking a peculiar survival mechanism of some cold-adapted organisms a new type of coating system, able to both nucleate and repel the ice was developed. A heterogeneous surface containing locally isolated nucleation points in a low surface energy matrix were synthesised by a sol-gel process. The ice nucleating and ice releasing performance of the new ice nucleating coatings (INC) has been tested in a specially designed crystallisation chamber in comparison to commercial low surface energy coating systems. A mixture of demineralised water and a water freezing point depressant was used in the experiments. Compared to the commercial coatings, the INC surfaces showed a much higher ice nucleation rate but also a distinctly better ice releasing ability. Obviously the novel concept of local embedded nucleation points improves the ice repellent properties of surfaces.

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2007. Vol. 98, no 7, 597-602 p.
Keyword [en]
biomimetic, ice nucleating proteins (INP), ice nucleating coatings, ice repellent coatings, sol-gel processing
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-37328DOI: 10.3139/146.101518ISI: 000248753600008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34547673190OAI: diva2:433188
Available from: 2011-08-09 Created: 2011-08-09 Last updated: 2011-08-09Bibliographically approved

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