Water condensation kinetics on a hydrophobic surface.

Employing thermal desorption spectroscopy, we show that the effective probability of water condensation at low water vapor pressure on an octane film is much below unity at 100-120 K. This unusual finding is related to a small binding energy of H2O monomers on octane (approximately equal to 0.08 eV), requiring the formation of critical water clusters for… CONTINUE READING