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The a-maze-ing Leidenfrost Maze

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While this isn’t strictly a blog about our water research, it does (loosely) involve water so we couldn’t resist sharing it with you!

Our colleagues in the Department of Physics here at Bath have been making international headlines with their Leidenfrost Maze, which sees water travelling uphill.

When droplets of water on a heated surface reach a certain temperature, the droplet surface starts to boil rapidly allowing it to float or levitate on the evaporated gas vapour. This is known as the Leidenfrost effect and is commonly seen during cooking – when sprinkling water onto a hot pan which is above the Leidenfrost point, droplets skitter across the pan and take longer to evaporate.

Watch the Leidenfrost effect in action and read more about the research.