Vapor generation via porous nanochannel wicks

Durgesh Ranjan, An Zou, Shalabh C. Maroo

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Vapor generation rate in nano/microstructured-based interfacial vapor generation devices is limited by water supply. Here, we report an innovative design for enhancement in vapor generation using porous nanochannel wicks. Vapor generation rate of 1.18 kg m2 h-1 is achieved in a dark environment (without heat input) and of 1.18 kg m2 h-1 is achieved with a heat input of 5.08 W at low temperature of 62°C, significantly higher than a typical vapor generation rate reported for interfacial solar vapor generation systems. We also demonstrate our wick's performance under solar heat flux of 1.25 sun and attain a vapor generation rate of 1.18 kg m2 h-1 at surface temperature below 35°C. Thus, we present an unconventional approach of separating surfaces of vapor generation and heat supply that would provide additional flexibility in the choice of energy source, such as solar energy and waste heat from exhaust gases. This approach can be consequential in low-grade waste heat recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100738
JournalCell Reports Physical Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 16 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • micro pores
  • porous nanochannel wicks
  • solar energy
  • surface absorptivity
  • thin film evaporation
  • vapor generation
  • waste heat recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Engineering
  • General Energy
  • General Materials Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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