The Inverse Leidenfrost Effect

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The Inverse Leidenfrost Effect

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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

Dr. Derek Muller