Susan Perkin

Professor of Physical Chemistry  & Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford.

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3QZ, UK


We study how liquids interact with solid surfaces and how they behave in nano-scale films or pores. Of particular interest are liquids with a high ion density: concentrated electrolytes and ionic liquids. The aim is to solve problems and generate greater understanding relevant to a range of applications including energy storage, lubrication, adhesion, and nanomaterials.











Recent Publications

Smith, A.M., Hallett, J.E. and Perkin, S.
Solidification and superlubricity with molecular alkane films
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2019xx

Lhermerout, R. and Perkin, S.
A new methodology for a detailed investigation of quantized friction in ionic liquids
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2019xx,  

Perez-Martinez, C. and Perkin, S.
Interfacial Structure and Boundary Lubrication of a Dicationic Ionic Liquid​
Langmuir 201935, 15444-15450 

Zheng, W., Perez-Martinez, C.S., Petriaschvili, Perkin, S., Zappone, B.
Direct measurements of structural forces and twist transitions in cholesteric liquid crystal films with a surface force apparatus
Soft Matter  2019, 15, 4905-4914  

Perez-Martinez, C. and Perkin, S.
Surface forces generated by the action of electric fields across liquid films
Soft Matter (Invited Cover Article)  201915, 4255-4265 

Lhermerout, R., Diederichs, C., Sinha, S., Porfyrakis, K., Perkin, S.
Are Buckminsterfullerenes Molecular Ball Bearings?
Journal of Physical Chemistry B  2019, 123, 310-316 


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