[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP180101254]
Researchers Prof Krasimir Vasilev; Prof Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov; Dr Melanie Ramiasa-Macgregor; Dr Kateryna Bazaka; Dr Kaloian Koynov; Prof Dr Hans-Jurgen Butt
Brief description This project aims to provide researchers and industry with a toolbox to predict wetting behaviour on surfaces with nanoscale topography. A combined experimental and numerical study will lead to the discovery of the mechanisms by which topographical and chemical properties of the surface trigger the formation of nanostructure-induced air pockets and how these phenomena determine surface wettability. This will provide significant benefits, as the predictive surface-wettability model will enhance controllability and productivity of diverse manufacturing processes and lead to new applications, high-value products and economic benefits in mining, energy, electronics, biomedicine and other fields.
Funding Amount $380,826
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects