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Nanostructure, self-assembly and friction in confined liquids

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The work presented in this thesis uses a custom-built surface force balance with extreme sensitivity and resolution to understand at the molecular level how the structure of confined liquid films relates to their frictional and lubricating properties. The experiments involve shearing two identical and atomically smooth mica surfaces past one another with sub-nanometer control of the film thickness and ultrasensitive force resolution. With this, molecular mechanistic details relevant t...

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Magdalen College, University of Oxford

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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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