ESR 8: The mechanisms of icing on a cold solid surface

KU Leuven, Leuven (Belgium)

Researcher: Andrea Maslov

Supervisor: David Seveno

Project goals:

The project will focus on the modelling of wetting at the nanoscale using molecular dynamics simulations accounting for the heterogeneous nucleation of ice leading to freezing. You will work at the Department of Materials Engineering of the KU Leuven ( The Department is responsible for education, research and service to industry and society related to materials science and engineering. Both, the university KU Leuven and the Department of Materials Engineering are world-wide strongly positioned in the important rankings related to research, innovation and education.

The project will be structured in the following phases:

  • design and setup of simulations modelling spontaneous spreading and forced wetting in icing conditions.
  • Identification of key descriptors characterizing the nucleation of ice at the nanoscale.
  • Conceptualization of the simulation results into a theoretical framework transferable to large scale models.
  • cross-correlations with outputs from: (i) wetting/icing experiments, performed at University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), in the group of prof. Carlo Antonini; and (ii) other ice adhesion tests performed at TU Darmstadt (prof. Ilia Roisman).
  • validation of physical and numerical models completed.