Small particles, big impacts: A review of the diverse applications of nanofluids

Robert Taylor, Sylvain Coulombe, Todd Otanicar, Patrick Phelan, Andrey Gunawan, Wei Lv, Gary Rosengarten, Ravi Prasher, Himanshu Tyagi

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Nanofluids - a simple product of the emerging world of nanotechnology - are suspensions of nanoparticles (nominally 1-100 nm in size) in conventional base fluids such as water, oils, or glycols. Nanofluids have seen enormous growth in popularity since they were proposed by Choi in 1995. In the year 2011 alone, there were nearly 700 research articles where the term nanofluid was used in the title, showing rapid growth from 2006 (175) and 2001 (10). The first decade of nanofluid research was primarily focused on measuring and modeling fundamental thermophysical properties of nanofluids (thermal conductivity, density, viscosity, heat transfer coefficient). Recent research, however, explores the performance of nanofluids in a wide variety of other applications. Analyzing the available body of research to date, this article presents recent trends and future possibilities for nanofluids research and suggests which applications will see the most significant improvement from employing nanofluids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011301
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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