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


We gratefully acknowledge support from the following funding bodies.

Recent Publications

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, Advance Article

Griffin L.R.; Browning K.L.; Clarke S.M.; Smith A.M.; Perkin S.; Skoda M.W.A.; Norman S.E.
Direct measurements of ionic liquid layering at a single mica–liquid interface and in nano-films between two mica–liquid interfaces
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys 2017, 19, 297-304.

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October 2016- Susan has been awarded a 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize

October 2016- Three new post-doctoral researchers and two part II students join the Surface Forces Research Lab. 

September 2016- We hosted an international workshop on Reversible Control of Surface Interactions here in Oxford as part of a European network on nano-friction (COST Action MP1303).

August 2016- Susan gave an invited lecture at the JCP Future of Chemical Physics conference: Ionic liquids: a challenge to our understanding of the liquid state

May 2016- In collaboration with Alpha Lee (Harvard University) we have published experimental evidence that the electrostatic screening length in concentrated electrolytes increases with concentration.

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