INTERMOLECULAR AND SURFACE FORCES

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mica sheetsWe combine a surface forces apparatus and AFMs towards simultaneous measurements of forces and distances between surfaces at angstrom-scale resolution. Typical surfaces include peruorocarbons and biomaterials; typical forces include hydrophobic interaction, electrostatics, van der Waals, and hydration; typical environments are aqueous solutions. These experiments also provide test-beds for molecular theories.

Stephen Donaldson (ENS, Paris), Tod Pascal (LBNL)​