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EPSRC Reference: GR/N37247/01
Title: ROPA: UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROL OF DISPERSION-DRIVEN MORPHOLOGY IN MECHANICALLY CONFINED FILMS
Principal Investigator: Jones, Professor R
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Department: Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: ROPA
Starts: 01 September 2000 Ends: 31 August 2002 Value (£): 99,259
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Surfaces & Interfaces
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Manufacturing Chemicals
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
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Thin polymer films confined by solid capping layers exhibit striking self-assembled morphologies that occur as a result of instabilities driven by long-ranged dispersion forces acting across the films. We propose to study these morphologies with two aims; to understand the basic physics behind the instability and thus open the way to use these measurements as a probe of dispersion forces in thin films of complex geometries, and to develop ways of controlling the perfection of order in the morphologies.
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