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Performance of condensers improved by coating of a nanotextured lubricant [Registered]

MIT researchers, led by Kripa Varanasi, find that lubricated, nanotextured surfaces improved performance of condensers in power and desalination plants. Condensers are a crucial part power generation systems: About 80 percent of all the world’s powerplants use them to turn steam back to water after it comes out of the turbines that turn generators. Now, a new surface architecture designed by researchers at MIT holds the promise of significantly boosting the performance of such condensers. The research is described in a paper published online in the journal ACS Nano. The key to the improved hydrophobic (water-shedding) surface is a combination…

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