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.

*December 2020* Positions are avilable for DPhil or Postdoc membership of our team. Applications are welcome from motivated and interested students; please write to SP in the first instance with your CV.  











Recent Publications

Hallett, J., Hayler, H., and Perkin, S.
Nanolubrication in Deep Eutectic Solvents
PCCP. 2020

Milnes-Smith, E. P., Stone, C.A., and Perkin, S.
A polymer coating which is sticky yet repulsive to water and slippery yet attractive for oils
Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 2877-2880

Lhermerout, R. and Perkin, S.
A new methodology for a detailed investigation of quantized friction in ionic liquids
PCCP. 202022, 455-466

Smith, A.M., Hallett, J.E. and Perkin, S.
Solidification and superlubricity with molecular alkane films
PNAS  2019116(51), 25418-25423

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?
JPC-B  2019, 123, 310-316 


More publications.