ME 7226: Interface and Surface Properties

Offered Fall, Odd Years

Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: ME 6242 and PHYS 4222
Catalog Description: Physical phenomena associated with surfaces and interfaces. Gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interactions associated with physics, chemistry and engineering.
Textbooks: Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Hiemeuz and Rajapopalan; Marcel and Dekker Publishers, ISBN 0-8247-9397-8, latest edition (required)
Intermolecular and Surface Forces, Isruelachvili; Academic Press ISBN 0-123-751810, latest edition.
Instructors: Steve Danyluk (Fall 2003), Jonathan Colton (Fall 2003), Jefforey Streator (Fall 2003)
Prerequisites by topics:
  • Thermodynamics
  • Modern and solid state physics
  • Chemical reactions and rates
  • Mathematical methods
Goals: This course will introduce the student to physical phenomena associated with gas-solid, liquid-solid, and solid-solid interactions frequently encountered in physics, chemistry, and engineering.
  • Review:
    • Thermodynamics
    • Statistical mechanics
  • Surfaces
    • Thermodynamics
    • Structures and characterization
      • Liquid
      • Solid
    • Grain boundary properties and interactions
  • Adsorption
    • Surfactants at surfaces
  • Capillarity
    • Surface tension
    • Wetting
    • Surfactants
    • Intermolecular forces and double layers
    • Steric stabilization
  • Applications:
    • Friction and wear
    • Lubrication (rheology of interfaces/ thin films)
    • Machining/ polishing
    • Composites (interfacial strength)
    • Biological applications
    • Adhesion between surfaces
    • Polymer surfaces and interfaces, structure and adhesion
    • Nanotechniques for surface force measurements
    • Pastes
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Independent Study


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Individual Projects