Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI)
Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries
New EU-funded project CoWet brings together science and industry
Functional textiles, cosmetics for hair and skin care, or inkjet printing: The research areas of the Marie Curie Training network “Complex Wetting Phenomena” (CoWet) which started January 1st, 2014, are relevant for numerous applications. On February 24-25, 2014, all partners from science and industry met for a joint kick-off. go
How does research look like at the CSI?
In order to deliver insights into our diverse research areas, the second research movie of the Center of Smart Interfaces after “The optically accessible Engine” has been produced.
How do scientists from different research groups work together at the CSI? With which questions do they deal with and which methods are applied?
With “Computational Microscopy” fields of research of the Institute Computational Physical Chemistry (CPC) of Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt and of the Group Experimental Interface Physics (EIP) of Dr. rer. nat. Elmar Bonaccurso are being introduced as an example.
DFG Cluster of Excellence 259
The Cluster of Excellence “Smart Interfaces – Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries” has been founded in November 2007 at the Technische Universität Darmstadt as part of the Excellence Initiative of the federal government of Germany.
Smart Interfaces: fluid-solid boundary interfaces that have been designed or built for achieving a specific purpose, such as enhancement or controllability of mass, momentum or heat transfer
The major research goals of this Cluster encompass the understanding, design, development and application of Smart Interfaces, in particular in the physical and engineering sciences. The research, teaching and exchange activities of the Cluster will be undertaken at the Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI). A major goal of the CSI is to facilitate communication and exchange of knowledge among the key disciplines involved, not just at the TU Darmstadt, but on an international scale, in order to promote top-level research, international competitiveness and excellent training facilities for young researchers.The Center of Smart Interfaces focuses on phase interfaces at which fluidic phases (gas and/or liquid) interact with a solid surface. Such fluid-solid interfaces and the associated interfacial phenomena are ubiquitous in our daily lives and represent key technologies in many established and emerging fields. Five interrelated Research Areas form the Cluster in which high potential for innovation and promise for technology transfer to industrial applications can be recognized:
- Static and Dynamic Wettability,
- Heat Transfer Enhancement,
- Near-Wall Reactive Flows,
- Near-Wall Multiphase Flows
- Drag and Circulation Control.