Paola Pittoni

  • Lecturer
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

2072 Black Engr
Ames, IA
Phone: 515-294-6940


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei
  • BS, Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Interest Areas

As an experimentalist, I regard unveiling accordances and discrepancies between ideal models and reality as one of my goals. Therefore, during the last decade, the focus of my studies has been discerning the limits of the practical applicability of equations and theories commonly used to describe the wetting behavior of materials, at high/low temperatures and long/short time scales. My main research topics are summarized as:
  • Wettability
  • Drop Triple Line Dynamics at low and high temperatures
  • Drop Impact
  • Drop Evaporation
  • Multi-Phase Thermal-Fluid Dynamics (Heat Transfer, Pressure Drop, Flow Patterns)

Selected Publications

  • Paola G. Pittoni, Chia-Hui Lin, Teng-Shiang Yu and Shi-Yow Lin, “On the Uniqueness of the Receding Contact Angle: Effects of Substrate Roughness and Humidity on Evaporation of Water Drops”, Langmuir 30, 2014, pp. 9346–9354
  • Paola G. Pittoni, Ya-Chi Lin, and Shi-Yow Lin, “The impalement of water drops impinging onto hydrophobic/ superhydrophobic graphites surfaces: the role of dynamic pressure, hammer pressure and liquid penetration time”, Applied Surface Science 301, 2014, pp. 515–524
  • Paola G. Pittoni, Ya-Chi Lin, Ren-Jing Wang, Teng-Shiang Yu, and Shi-Yow Lin, “Bubbles Entrapment for Drops Impinging on Polymer Surfaces: the Roughness Effect”, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 62, 2015, pp. 183–191
  • Paola G. Pittoni, Heng-Kwong Tsao, Yi-Lin Hung, Jen-Wei Huang, and Shi-Yow Lin, “Impingement dynamics of water drops onto four graphite morphologies: from triple line recoil to pinning”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 417, 2014, pp. 256–263
  • Paola G. Pittoni, Chiang-Ching Chang, Teng-Shiang Yu, Shi-Yow Lin, “Evaporation of water drops on polymer surfaces: Pinning, depinning and dynamics of the triple line”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 432, 2013, pp. 89–98