Dr. Krishna Kota to speak at Sigma XI “Science Café – via Zoom Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30pm

“Science Café – Changing the Way Liquids Boil on Surfaces” online with the Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi

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The Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Changing the Way Liquids Boil on Surfaces” with guest speaker Krishna Kota, Ph.D. Dr. Kota joins us via Zoom Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30pm from New Mexico State University. Please contact Stephanie at shawkins@las-cruces.org for a link to the program or go to zoom.us with webinar ID 842 6394 9460.


The New Mexico State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is pursuing a new type of surface, called the Binary Surface or BiS, that changes the way liquids boil. When liquids boil over a surface, substantial amounts of heat can be transferred from the surface to the liquid without causing the surface to heat up more. Boiling on surfaces has applications for cooling electronics in cloud data centers and military systems where high temperatures can cause system problems. When a large amount of heat must be removed from a small area through boiling, it encounters a crisis called the Critical Heat Flux (CHF) limit at which the vapor bubbles merge to form a thin layer on the surface and this phenomenon obstructs the boiling process. The new experimental surfaces are promising for tackling this crisis and could change the way we use water to cool technology.


Dr. Krishna Kota is an associate professor at New Mexico State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research interests include studying the interactions of fluids with tailored and engineered surfaces, heat transfer, health, and energy systems. This research was sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation.


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Below are the scheduled Science Café events for 2021:


Month Day Presenter Email Topic Web
March 16 Madhan Tirumalai mrtirum2@central.uh.edu  Life at Earth’s Extremes https://uh.edu/nsm/biology-biochemistry/people/profiles/madhan-tirumalai/
April 20 Ruba Mohamed rmohamed@nmsu.edu Quantifying Uncertainty in Geohydrological Systems to Support Water Resources Management https://web.nmsu.edu/~kccarr/RubaMohamed.html
May 18 Reza Foudazi rfoudazi@nmsu.edu Porous Polymers: Synthesis and Applications https://chme.nmsu.edu/research/energy-water/name/reza-foudazi/
June 15 Ivette Guzmán ivguzman@nmsu.edu Healing Plants of Southern New Mexico https://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/ivette-guzman.html
July 20 Krishna Kota Venkata kkota@nmsu.edu Changing the Way Liquids Boil on Surfaces https://mae.nmsu.edu/faculty/dr-krishna-kota/
Aug. 17 Lauren Waszek lwaszek@nmsu.edu Seismic tomography inversions of the upper inner core, reconciling geodynamics with seismology https://wordpress.nmsu.edu/lwaszek/
Sept. 21 Rein Van Genuchten rvangenuchten@hotmail.com (NMSU Alumni) Variably saturated water flow through soils https://www.pc-progress.com/en/Default.aspx?rien-van-genuchten
Oct. 19 Mark Brusseau brusseau@arizona.edu Progression of our understanding of contaminant transport and remediation in soil and groundwater https://environmentalscience.cals.arizona.edu/person/mark-brusseau
Nov. 16 Geoffrey Tick gtick@ua.edu Imaging multiphase fluids within porous media https://geo.ua.edu/people/geoffrey-tick/


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