Green chemistry and nanofabrication in a levitated Leidenfrost drop

Ramzy Abdelaziz, Duygu Disci-Zayed, Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati, Jan-Hendrik Pöhls, Ahnaf Usman Zillohu, Burak Erkartal, Venkata Sai Kiran Chakravadhanula, Viola Duppel, Lorenz Kienle, Mady Elbahri

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

79 Downloads (Pure)


Green nanotechnology focuses on the development of new and sustainable methods of creating nanoparticles, their localized assembly and integration into useful systems and devices in a cost-effective, simple and eco-friendly manner. Here we present our experimental findings on the use of the Leidenfrost drop as an overheated and charged green chemical reactor. Employing a droplet of aqueous solution on hot substrates, this method is capable of fabricating nanoparticles, creating nanoscale coatings on complex objects and designing porous metal in suspension and foam form, all in a levitated Leidenfrost drop. As examples of the potential applications of the Leidenfrost drop, fabrication of nanoporous black gold as a plasmonic wideband superabsorber, and synthesis of superhydrophilic and thermal resistive metal–polymer hybrid foams are demonstrated. We believe that the presented nanofabrication method may be a promising strategy towards the sustainable production of functional nanomaterials.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Communications
Issue number2400
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Green chemistry and nanofabrication in a levitated Leidenfrost drop'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this