Available student project - Surface forces and the behaviour of colloidal systems

Research fields

  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Environmental Physics

Project details

We have several projects available in this area. They all revolve around improving our fundamental understanding of the interaction between surfaces in solutions. Because the work is fundamental it has a wide range of applications.

For example in recent times we have evaluated how roughness influences the surface forces and found that it fundamentally changes the interaction between particles. This knowledge can be used to control the types of particles (known as flocs) that are formed when the system is unstable. The particle properties influences the rheology of the system

Currently we are interested in understanding the mysterious 'long-range hydrophobic attraction' and depletion forces. These are both attractive forces.

Required background

Nil courses. A curious mind. Logical and creative thinking, persistence and imagination and some grit and determination.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters

Contact supervisor

Craig, Vincent profile
Professor
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