A photo of Dr Susan Perkin



We study how liquids interact with solid surfaces and how they behave in nano-scale films or pores. The aim is to solve problems and generate greater understanding relevant to a range of applications including energy storage, lubrication, adhesion, and nanomaterials.

Susan Perkin

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry

& Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford




Green FringesA photo of the mica cleaving photo.A catoon of a confine ionic liquidAn example of an SFB friction loop for a thin solid like film

       Nanoconfined liquids      Graphene surface forces             Electrostatics in ionic liquids        Friction mechanisms


 Open positions: DPhil and Post-Doctoral positions are currently available, start date between Oct. 17 and Jan. 18. Please contact us with your CV if you are interested.


Recent Publications

Lee, A., Perez-Martinez, C., Smith, A., Perkin, S.
Scaling analysis of the screening length in concentrated electrolytes
Phys. Rev. Lett. 2017, in press

Coles S., Smith, A., Fedorov, M., Hausen, F., Perkin, S.
Interfacial structure and structural forces in mixtures of ionic liquid with a polar solvent
Faraday Discussions  2017, Accepted

van Engers, C., Cousens, N., Babenko, V., Britton, J., Zappone, B., Grobert, N., Perkin, S.
Direct Measurement of the Surface Energy of Graphene
Nano Letters. 2017, in press

Coles S., Mishin, M., Perkin, S., Fedorov, M., Ivanistsev, V.
The nanostructure of a lithium glyme solvate ionic liquid at electrified interfaces
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 11004-11010.

Smith A.M.; Lee A.; Perkin S.
Switching the Structural Force in Ionic Liquid-Solvent Mixtures by Varying Composition
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 096002, 2017

Lee A.; Perez-Martinez C.; Smith A.M.; Perkin S.
Underscreening in concentrated electrolytes
Faraday Discuss., 2017

Gebbie M.A.; Smith A.M.; Dobbs H.A.; Lee A.A.; Warr G.G.; Banquy X.; Valtiner M.; Rutland M.W.; Israelachvili J.N.; Perkin S.; Atkin R.
Long range electrostatic forces in ionic liquids
Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 1214-24

More publications.