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Wetting hysteresis induced by temperature changes: Supercooled water on hydrophobic surfaces
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0016-3398
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Nanostructure Physics.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 468, 21-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The state and stability of supercooled water on (super)hydrophobic surfaces is crucial for low temperature applications and it will affect anti-icing and de-icing properties. Surface characteristics such as topography and chemistry are expected to affect wetting hysteresis during temperature cycling experiments, and also the freezing delay of supercooled water. We utilized stochastically rough wood surfaces that were further modified to render them hydrophobic or superhydrophobic. Liquid flame spraying (LFS) was utilized to create a multi-scale roughness by depositing titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The coating was subsequently made non-polar by applying a thin plasma polymer layer. As flat reference samples modified silica surfaces with similar chemistries were utilized. With these substrates we test the hypothesis that superhydrophobic surfaces also should retard ice formation. Wetting hysteresis was evaluated using contact angle measurements during a freeze-thaw cycle from room temperature to freezing occurrence at -7 degrees C, and then back to room temperature. Further, the delay in freezing of supercooled water droplets was studied at temperatures of -4 degrees C and -7 degrees C. The hysteresis in contact angle observed during a cooling-heating cycle is found to be small on flat hydrophobic surfaces. However, significant changes in contact angles during a cooling-heating cycle are observed on the rough surfaces, with a higher contact angle observed on cooling compared to during the subsequent heating. Condensation and subsequent frost formation at sub-zero temperatures induce the hysteresis. The freezing delay data show that the flat surface is more efficient in enhancing the freezing delay than the rougher surfaces, which can be rationalized considering heterogeneous nucleation theory. Thus, our data suggests that molecular flat surfaces, rather than rough superhydrophobic surfaces, are beneficial for retarding ice formation under conditions that allow condensation and frost formation to occur. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 468, 21-33 p.
Keyword [en]
Wetting hysteresis, Contact angle, Supercooled water, Morphology, Hydrophobization, Multi-scale roughness, Wood, Superhydrophobicity, Liquid flame spray (LFS), Plasma polymerization
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Chemical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-184947DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.01.040ISI: 000371279900003PubMedID: 26821148ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84955276633OAI: diva2:917822
Swedish Research Council, 2014-172

QC 20160407

Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-07 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Toward Anti-icing and De-icing Surfaces: Effects of Surface Topography and Temperature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Toward Anti-icing and De-icing Surfaces: Effects of Surface Topography and Temperature
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Icing severely affects society, especially in the Nordic countries. Iceaccumulation can result in critical performance problems and safetyconcerns for instance in road, air and sea transportation, transmissionlines, marine and offshore structures, wind turbines and heat exchangers.Present active ice-combating approaches possess environmental,efficiency and cost drawbacks. Thus, fabricating icephobic surfaces orcoatings impeding ice formation (anti-icing), but facilitating ice removal(de-icing) is desired. However, different conditions in the environmentduring ice formation and growth add to the complexity of the problem.An icephobic surface that works for a certain application might not be agood candidate for another. These surfaces and the challenges are infocus in this thesis.Wetting properties are important for ice formation on surfaces fromthe liquid phase (often supercooled water), where the water repellency ofthe surfaces could enhance their anti-icing effect. Considering this,different hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces with differentchemistry, morphology and roughness scale were prepared. Since anyinduced wetting state hysteresis on hydrophobic surfaces could influencetheir performance, the wetting stability was investigated. In particulardynamic wetting studies of the hydrophobic surfaces revealed whatsurface characteristics benefit a stable wetting performance. Further, theeffect of temperature, particularly sub-zero temperatures, on the wettingstate of flat and nanostructured hydrophobic surfaces was investigated.This was complemented with studies of the wetting stability of sessilewater droplets on flat to micro- and multi-scale (micro-nano) roughhydrophobic samples in a freeze-thaw cycle. To be consistent with mostapplications, all temperature-controlled experiments were performed inan environmental condition facilitating frost formation. Further, antiicingproperties of hydrophobic surfaces with different topography butsimilar chemistry were studied by freezing delay measurements.A dynamic wetting study using hydrophobic samples with similarchemistry but different topography revealed that multi-scale roughnesscould benefit the wetting stability. However, when these surfaces areutilized at low temperatures the wetting hysteresis observed during acooling/heating cycle is significant. Such a temperature-inducedhysteresis is also significant on superhydrophobic surfaces. I attributethis to condensation followed by frost formation facilitating spreading of 

the supercooled water droplet. The freezing delay measurementsdemonstrate no significant effect of surface topography on anti-icingproperties of hydrophobic surfaces, however the flat surfaces showed thelongest delay. These findings are in agreement with heterogeneous icenucleation theory, suggesting preferential ice nucleation in concave sites,provided they are wetted.In the second part of this thesis, I consider the findings from theprevious part illustrating the limitations of (super)hydrophobic surfaces.The de-icing properties of hydrophilic surfaces with a hydration waterlayer, hypothesized to lubricate the interface with ice, were studied. Heretemperature-controlled shear ice adhesion measurements, down to -25oC, were performed on an adsorbed layer of a polymer, either bottle-brushstructured poly(ethylene oxide) or linear poly(ethylene oxide). The iceadhesion strength was reduced significantly on the bottle-brushstructured polymer layer, specifically at temperatures above -15 oC,whereas less adhesion reduction was observed on the layer formed by thelinear polymer. These findings are consistent with differential scanningcalorimetry (DSC) data, demonstrating that the hydration water, boundto the bottle-brush structured polymer, is in the liquid state at thetemperatures where de-icing benefit is observed. Further, continuingwith the hypothesis of the advantage of surfaces with a natural lubricantlayer for de-icing targets, I studied shear ice adhesion on the molecularlyflat basal plane of hydrophilic mica down to -35 oC. Interestingly, ultralowice adhesion strength was measured on this surface. I relate this to theproposed distinct structure of the first ice-like but fluid water layer onmica, with no free OH groups, followed by more bulk liquid-like layers.This combined with the molecularly smooth nature of mica results in aperfect plane for ice sliding.

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Isbildning har en stark inverkan på samhället, speciellt i de nordiskaländerna. Isuppbyggnad kan resultera i kritiska prestandaproblem ochsäkerhetsrisker inom t.ex. väg-, luft-, och sjötransport, kraftledningar,marina- och offshorestrukturer, vindkraftverk och värmeväxlare.Nuvarande aktiva isbekämpningsmetoder uppvisar brister i avseende påmiljö, effektivitet och kostnad. Det finns därmed ett behov av attframställa ytor eller ytbeläggningar som förhindrar isbildning (antiisning)eller underlättar borttagandet av redan bildad is (avisning). Dockkompliceras problemet av de många olika förhållanden under vilka is kanbildas. En beläggning som fungerar för en viss tillämpning behöver intenödvändigtvis vara en bra kandidat för en annan. Dessa ytor ochutmaningar relaterade till dem är i fokus i denna avhandling.Vätningsegenskaper är viktiga för isbildning på ytor från vätskefas(ofta underkylt vatten), och det har visats att vattenavstötande ytor i vissasammanhang kan motverka isbildning. Med detta i åtanke framställdesolika hydrofoba och superhydrofoba ytor, med varierande kemi,morfologi och ytråhet. Eftersom en förändring i de hydrofoba ytornasvätningsegenskaper kan påverka deras funktion studerades vätningsstabilitetenför dessa ytor. I synnerhet dynamiska vätningsstudier av dehydrofoba ytorna avslöjade vilka ytegenskaper som är fördelaktiga förvätningsstabiliteten. Vidare studerades hur temperaturen, särskilt undernoll grader, påverkar vätningstillståndet på släta och nanostruktureradehydrofoba ytor. Arbetet kompletterades med studier av vätningsstabilitetenför vattendroppar på släta samt mikro- och multistrukturerade(mikro-nano) hydrofoba ytor under flera frysningsupptiningscykler.För att vara i linje med de flesta tillämpningar, utfördesalla temperaturkontrollerade mätningar i en miljö där frost kunde bildaspå ytorna. Anti-isegenskaperna hos de hydrofoba ytorna med varierandetopografi men samma kemi studerades vidare genom att studera hur långtid det dröjde innan en vattendroppe på ytan fryste vid en visstemperatur.De dynamiska vätningsstudierna på hydrofoba ytor med samma kemimen olika topografi avslöjade att en ytråhet på flera längdskalor kan haen positiv inverkan på vätningsstabiliteten. När dessa ytor är exponeradeför låga temperaturer är dock vätningshysteresen under en nedkylnings-/uppvärmnings-cykel significant. Den temperatur-inducerade hysteresenär också betydande för superhydrofoba ytor. Detta tillskriver jag 

kondensation på ytan som följs av frostbildning, vilket i sin tur möjliggörspridning av den underkylda vattendroppen på ytan. Mätning avfördröjningen i frysningsförloppet påvisade ingen betydande effekt avyttopografin för hydrofoba ytor, men släta hydrofoba ytor uppvisade denlängsta fördröjningen. Dessa resultat är i överensstämmelse med rådandeheterogen iskärnbildningsteori, som visar på fördelaktig iskärnbildningpå konkava delar av ytan, förutsatt att dessa väts.I den andra delen av avhandlingen utnyttjar jag observationerna frånden första delen vilka illustrerade begränsningarna för superhydrofobaytor, och söker en annan lösning. Avisningsegenskaper för hydrofilastarkt hydratiserade ytor studerades, med hypotesen att hydratiseringkan smörja gränsskiktet med is. Temperatur-kontrolleradeisadhesionsmätningar ned till -25 °C utfördes på adsorberade skikt av enpolymer med många sidokedjor av polyetylenoxid (”bottle-brush”), såvälsom på ett skikt av linjär polyetylenoxid. Isadhesionen blev kraftigtreducerad på ”bottle-brush”-polymeren, speciellt vid temperaturer högreän -15°C. Däremot kunde knappast ingen minskad isadhesion observerasför den linjära polymeren. Dessa observationer överensstämmer meddifferentialskanningskalorimetri (DSC) data, som visar att dethydratiserade vattenskiktet, vilket är bundet till ”bottle-brush”-polymeren, är i vätskeform vid de temperaturer där avisningsfördelar ärobserverade. För att vidare undersöka hypotesen att det vore fördelaktigtmed ett naturligt smörjande skikt på ytan för att uppnå godaavisningsegenskaper, utförde jag isadhesionsmätningar på molekylärtsläta glimmerytor ner till -35 °C. Intressant nog uppmättes extremt lågisadhesion på denna yta. Detta relaterar jag till den föreslagna utprägladehydratiseringsstrukturen, bestående av ett första is-liknande vattenskiktutan fria OH-grupper, följt av ett mer bulkliknande skikt. Detta ikombination med den molekylärt släta naturen hos glimmer resulterar iett perfekt plan för isen att glida på.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stokcholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. xviii, 80 p.
TRITA-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2016:11
anti-icing, topography, supercooled water, wetting hysteresis, superhydrophobic, contact angle, nucleation, freezing delay, de-icing, ice adhesion, hydration water, liquid-like layer, smooth, lubrication, anti-is, topografi, underkylt vatten, vätningshysteres, superhydrofob, kontaktvinkel, kärnbildning, avisning, isadhesion, hydrerat vatten, vätskeliknande skikt, smörjning
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186187 (URN)978-91-7595-901-6 (ISBN)
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2016-05-27, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH Campus, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

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Available from: 2016-05-04 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2016-05-10Bibliographically approved

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