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Interfaces and Confinement

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Motivated by the global challenges of water, energy and health, Dr. Espinosa-Marzal’s research group aims to understand the behavior of (1)  solid-liquid interfaces at a molecular or nano-scale, and (2) the confinement of fluid films and soft matter. The ultimate goal is to comprehend how to exploit intermolecular interactions to tailor macroscopic properties. The research targets to answer fundamental and scientifically relevant questions and to solve problems relevant to diverse applications including tribology, energy storage,  tissue engineering, water nanofiltration, separation techniques, and nanomaterials.

Current research activities include:

  • Nanoconfinement of fluid films (structure and rheological behavior)
  • Molecular Lubrication Mechanisms (e.g. polymer brushes, surfactants, hydrogels and biointerfaces)
  • The diffuse and Stern layer of electrolytes
  • Mechano-chemical and physico-chemical processes at the mineral-solution interface
  • Surface Functionalization

The group has expertise in Atomic Force Microscopy, Surface Forces Apparatus, rheology, QCM, x-ray scattering, and spectroscopy techniques, among others.

Interested in an independent project? Contact me.