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Liquid/Solid Interfacial Science

Unit(s) of assessment: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

School: School of Science and Technology


The interaction of liquids with solids is fundamental to many areas of science and engineering. We perform research to better understand the underpinning science that governs these interactions, and to develop methods and techniques to control and exploit these interactions for a variety of multi-disciplinary applications. Control methods include: chemical surface coatings and surfactants; tailored solid surface morphologies; and interfacial surface stresses created by non-uniform electric fields. Applications include switchable optical devices, lab-on-a-chip and liquid handling and transport, foam creation or prevention, coating technologies, soil hydrophobicity, liquid marbles, underwater breathing (plastrons), and drag reduction.

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