Soft Matter at Surfaces
Soft matter, including surfactants, polymers, and colloids are everywhere. Their chemical nature, molecular architecture, and configuration determine how these small objects ‘behave’ at surfaces and interfaces, and hence control the performance of a chemical products where multiple components present with an optimised formulation.
Tribology is the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It covers a broad range of topics where two surfaces are in contact, and is instrumental to numerous systems, ranging from articulating joints, dental implants, tactual perception, to combustion engine. We are known for the capability of understanding tribological characteristics over different length scales, from individual molecules to the macroscopic items.