We experimentally investigated pool boiling on microstructured surfaces which demonstrate high critical heat flux (CHF) by enhancing wettability. The microstructures were designed to provide a wide range of well-defined surface roughness to study roughness-augmented wettability on CHF. A maximum CHF of 196 W/cm2 and heat transfer coefficient (h) greater than 80 kW/m2K were achieved. To explain the experimental results, a model extended from a correlation developed by Kandlikar was developed, which well predicts CHF in the complete wetting regime where the apparent liquid contact angle is zero. The model offers a first step towards understanding complex pool boiling processes and developing models to accurately predict CHF on structured surfaces. The insights gained from this work provide design guidelines for new surface technologies with higher heat removal capability that can be effectively used by industry.

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