Novel Liquids and Interfaces
Professor Rob Atkin is interested in concentrated aqueous and non-aqueous solvents (including ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents) for real world applications such as lubrication, biomass treatment, precious metal recovery, and electrochemical charge storage.
Structure and Composition of Surfaces
Professor John O’Conner’s research looks at the scattering of ions to measure the structure and composition of surface and near surface of solids.
Advanced Interfacial Engineering
Associate Professor Grant Webber’s research investigates the interactions between interfaces and fluids to control their properties and behaviour. Current projects with the centre include the control of nanoscale friction for next-generation electromechanical devices and the design of novel solvents for the extraction of minerals and biomass.
Nanoscience and Interfaces
Associate Professor Vicki Keast uses advanced electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to characterise nanoscale structures and interfaces.
Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Modelling
Dr Alister Page studies nanoscale and interfacial chemical systems using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics and quantum chemical methods, including nanoscale self-assembly processes, non-equilibrium chemical systems, functional nanomaterials, spectroscopy and bulk and interfacial ionic liquid structure and properties.
Lubrication and Gas Capture
Dr Hua Li’s research interests centre on developing advanced industrial liquids to be high-performance and cost-effective lubricants and anthropogenic gas adsorbents.
Professor Bruce King studies the structure of surfaces with atomic resolution and relates this to physical properties. He modifies the structure of surfaces to improve performance using ion beam etching and implantation, laser etching, thin film deposition and radiofrequency irradiation.