Available student project - Colloidal systems in highly concentrated salt solutions

Research fields

Project details

The stability and behavior of colloidal systems is strongly influenced by electrostatic forces between colloidal particles. The range and strength of these forces depends sensitively on the electrolyte concentration. It has long been thought that at high salt concentrations the range of these forces become very small (> 1nm). However in recent work it has been shown that the range of the electrostatic forces in very concentrated electrolytes is surprisingly long-range. We are interested in investigating and understanding why this occurs and exploring how colloidal systems behave when the salt concentration is very high. We are also investigating how the type of salt matters. Thsi work will impact on a wide range of systems from the processing of Alumina to improved battery technology.

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)

Contact supervisor

Craig, Vincent profile