Tylor Killingsworth

OU Major: 
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Research Mentor: 
Wilson Merchan-Merchan
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project: 
This study focuses on understanding the morphology on the surface of leaves and their effects on the wettability properties (Hydrophobicity and Hydrophilicity) of selected leaves. The type of leaves for this study were selected using a visual and touch inspection of their surfaces (i.e. rough vs smooth). The experiments were conducted to help understand which surface characteristics contribute to the wettability properties (hydrophobic or hydrophilic) of leaves. The goal of this study is to mimic naturally formed structures on the surface of the leaves to obtain information to develop surfaces with improved wettability properties for industrial applications. Water contact angles (CA) were measured from droplets placed on the adaxial (top) and abaxial (bottom) surface of the leaves, these contact angles were then compared and correlated with structure/morphology in order to determine which type of structures enhances wettability properties.
Awards and/or presentations: 
Killingsworth, Tylor. "Wettability Effects on Heat Exchangers." Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.