Nature-Inspired Surfaces for Water-Energy Nexus

Wanghuai Xu, Zuankai Wang

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Abstract

Water is the origin of life and energy. Despite its ubiquity and seeming simplicity, the water is probably the least understood matter in the world. The phase transition, transport, and manipulation, normally spanning different time and length scales, constitute the basic paradigm of numerous biological systems and industrial processes. Over the past decade, the advances in nature-inspired surfaces provide new dimensions in the fundamental understandings and control of interfacial and transport phenomena of water, especially on ured surfaces and under complicated working environments. This work discusses recent innovations at the nature-inspired surfaces and interfaces to address one of the most important challenges facing us today, i.e., water-energy nexus. In particular, We highlight how the rational design and control of topological structures enables us to fundamentally change the liquid-solid interaction and improve the water kinetic energy harvesting efficiency from various forms of water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages501-504
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665412674
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021

Publication series

Name21st International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2021

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/06/2125/06/21

Keywords

  • Nature-inspired surface
  • water-energy nexus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Instrumentation

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