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Victor Petrenko1

Victor F. Petrenko

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus


  • MS, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 1970
  • PhD, USSR Academy of Science, Moscow 1974
  • DSc, Physics and Mathematics, USSR Academy of Science, Chernogolovka 1983

Research Interests

Materials science; physics of semiconductors; heat transfer and refrigeration technologies; ice physics and ice engineering; de-icing and anti-icing technology; ice and snow friction


  • 2000 Discover Award for Technological Innovation


Professor Petrenko has 25 US patents and over 40 foreign patents including:

  • System and method for energy-saving inductive heating of evaporators and other heat-exchangers (8,931,296)
  • Systems and methods for windshield deicing (8,921,739)
  • Refrigerant evaporators with pulse-electrothermal defrosting (8,424,324)
  • Systems and methods for modifying an ice-to-object interface (7,629,558)
  • High-frequency melting of interfacial ice (7,087,876)
  • Methods for modifying friction between an object and ice or snow (7,034,257)
  • Systems and methods for modifying an ice-to-object interface (6,870,139)
  • System and method for an electrical de-icing coating (6,832,742)
  • Systems and methods for modifying ice adhesion strength (6,818,831)
  • Methods and structures for removing ice from surfaces (6,723,971)


Professional Activities

  • American Materials Research Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • International Glaciological Society

Research Projects

  • Pulse electro-thermal de-icing

    Pulse electro-thermal de-icing

    Pulse electro-thermal de-icing (PETD) is a new method of ice removal and prevention that uses short pulses of electricity applied directly to an ice-material interface. PETD uses a thin, electrically-conductive film applied to the substrate. The film is then heated with a milliseconds-long pulse of electricity. Because only a micrometer-thin layer of ice is melted, PETD achieves nearly perfect efficiency even in extreme cold. Regular pulsing can keep surfaces consistently ice-free while maintaining low overall power consumption. Research is ongoing for the extensive applications of PETD such as de-icing of airplanes, ships, refrigeration systems, windshields, power lines, bridges and buildings, roads and walkways, and windmill turbines.


An Ice-Free CN Tower
Mar 07, 2011
Power defrost
Mar 07, 2011