Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

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I am interested in achieving a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that govern the behaviour of organic molecules both in liquid and at the solid-liquid interface for engineering applications. To achieve this I utilise in situ techniques which allow direct monitoring of dynamic adsorption and desorption processes as they occur in real time. These techniques include liquid-cell atomic force microscopy and quartz crystal microbalance.

My research finds applications in areas where surface adsorption is favourable, such as for organic friction modifier lubricant additives, and unfavourable, such as in fouling.

Areas of interest include boundary lubrication and lubricant additive chemistry, mechanochemistry, particle aggregation, self-assembled monolayers and the kinetics of adsorption and desorption processes.