The Inverse Leidenfrost Effect

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  • Published on: Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Droplets levitate on a bath of liquid nitrogen and are spontaneously self-propelled. Thanks Audible! Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to or text VERITASIUM to 500500.

    Special thanks to Dr. Anaïs Gauthier
    Physics of Fluids:

    Self-propulsion of inverse Leidenfrost drops on a cryogenic bath
    Anaïs Gauthier, Christian Diddens, Rémi Proville, Detlef Lohse, and Devaraj van der Meer
    PNAS January 22, 2019 116 (4) 1174-1179; published ahead of print January 22, 2019

    For a detailed description of the setup:

    And self-propulsion is also seen:

    Other recent (hot) Leidenfrost experiments that might be interesting:
    * Leidenfrost wheels:
    * Leidenfrost maze:
    * Leidenfrost explosions:

    Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
    Donal Botkin, James M Nicholson, Michael Krugman, Nathan Hansen, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd

    Thanks to Prof. Kevin McKeegan at UCLA for the liquid nitrogen

    Filming by Raquel Nuno

    Additional animations by Alan Chamberlain