With a surface treatment of hydrophilic cupric oxide (CuO) nanostructures on the channels inside a flat-plate oscillating heat pipe (FP-OHP), the wetting effect on the thermal performance of an FP-OHP was experimentally investigated. Three FP-OHP configurations were tested: (1) evaporator treated, (2) condenser treated, and (3) untreated. Both evaporator- and condenser-treated FP-OHPs show significantly enhanced performance. The greatest improvement was seen in the condenser-treated FP-OHP, a 60% increase in thermal performance. Neutron imaging provided insight into the fluid dynamics inside the FP-OHPs. These findings show that hydrophilic nanostructures and their placement play a key role in an OHP's performance.

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