Synthesis and thermal conductivity of microfluidic copper nanofluids

Xiaohao Wei, Liqiu Wang

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A microfluidic chemical solution method is developed for the synthesizing Cu nanofluids. The method replaces batch-based macroreactors in the conventional chemical solution method by continuous-flow microfluidic microreactors, thereby enabling the synthesis of nanofluids with various microstructures. The Cu nanofluids synthesized by this technology show a better stability, remaining stable even after more than 100 h standing. The measured thermal conductivity shows that the presence of nanoparticles can either upgrade or downgrade fluid conductivity, a phenomenon predicted by the recent thermal-wave theory of nanofluids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-271
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Heat conduction
  • Nanofluids
  • Synthesis
  • Thermal conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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