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The wetting of metal surfaces and nano-structured interfaces

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The strength and directionality of water hydrogen bonding make it a unique solvent, yet, despite its ubiquitous nature, little is known about how the hydrogen bond network responds to termination at solid interfaces, nor how water wets the solid at the microscopic level. This talk will describe how water interacts with plane, atomically and molecularly nano-structured metal surfaces, and the effect this has on the wetting behaviour. Water’s ability to respond to the symmetry and reactivity of the surface, and to catalyse rearrangement of molecular adsorbates, is revealed by the complexity of the phases formed and the restructuring of water and molecular adsorbates even at low temperature.

This talk is part of the Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture Group series.

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