Susan Perkin

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry and 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.



 One DPhil position is available starting October 2019, open to UK/EU students

 One Marie-Curie ITN Fellowship is available for 12 months from January 2019; candidates must not have lived in the UK previously and must not yet have a PhD degree at the time of starting the Fellowship.












Recent Publications

Zappone, B., Zheng, W., Perkin, S.
Multiple-beam optical interferometry of anisotropic soft materials nanoconfined with the surface force apparatus
Review of Scientific Instruments  2018, 89, 085112

Perkin, S., Kirchner, B., Fayer, M. D.
Preface: Special Topic on Chemical Physics of Ionic Liquids
Journal of Chemical Physics  2018, 148, 193501 

Alves de Freitas, A., Shimizu, K., Smith, A.M., Perkin, S., Canongia Lopes, J-N.
Structure and dynamics of mica-confined films of [C10C1Pyrr][NTf2] ionic liquid
Journal of Chemical Physics  2018, 148, 193808

Lhermerout, R. and Perkin, S.
Nanoconfined ionic liquids: Disentangling electrostatic and viscous forces
Phys. Rev. Fluids 2018, 3, 014201

Lhermerout, R., Diederichs, C., Perkin, S.
Are Ionic Liquids Good Boundary Lubricants? A Molecular Perspective
Lubricants  2018, 6, 9

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 2018, 206, 427-442

Balabajew, M., van Engers, C. D., Perkin, S.
Contact-free calibration of an asymmetric multi-layer interferometer for the surface force balance
Review of Scientific Instruments 2017, 88, 123903

Lee, A., Perez-Martinez, C., Smith, A., Perkin, S.
Scaling analysis of the screening length in concentrated electrolytes
Phys. Rev. Lett. 2017, 119, 026002

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