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Self-organisation under confinement

Objective

Colloidal systems such as foams, emulsions and dispersions are widely used in industrial applications and everyday products, e.g. for household and personal care, pharmacy and food. However, the reason for their stability - or instability - is not yet unde rstood in sufficient detail. The reason is that we lack fundamental knowledge of the anisotropic environment which is induced by an interface and is then perturbed by the confinement between two neighbouring interfaces. These confinement-induced changes gi ve rise to interactions between the interfaces, which can be attractive or repulsive, and typically have a range of less than 100 nm. Most of these interactions are related to changes in the organisation within thin liquid films and interfacial (adsorption ) layers, but so far we do not know exactly how. SOCON aims to combine knowledge about the nanoscale organisation in bulk, at a single interface and between two interfaces in order to fully understand and predict the interaction forces between two interfac es across a confinement. SOCON will focus on the following complex issues of high industrial relevance: (1) Self-organisation of multicomponent systems at interfaces, (2) Trapped non-equilibrium states in polymer-surfactant systems, (3) The relations betwe en structure and surface forces, (4) The correlation between the properties of microscopic films and those of the corresponding colloidal systems, and (5) Incorporation of ecologically more friendly components in products (including the synthesis of novel composite polymers and surfactants from natural building blocks). The goal of SOCON is to gain a better understanding of the role interfacial layers and thin aqueous films have for the properties of colloidal systems. SOCON will counteract fragmentation by collaboration between scientists with experimental and theoretical competence relevant to self-organisation under confinement and surface forces. The multi-disciplinarity of the network participants and the

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-MOBILITY-1
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Funding Scheme

RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

Participants (13)

AKZO NOBEL SURFACE CHEMISTRY AB
Sweden
Address

Stenungsund
EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY
Hungary
Address
Egyetem Tér 1-3
Budapest
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavägen 79
Stockholm
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
Lund
MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE OF COLLOIDS AND INTERFACES
Germany
Address
Am Mühlenberg 1
Potsdam
SOFIA UNIVERSITY "ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"
Bulgaria
Address
15, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
Sofia
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN
Germany
Address
Strasse Des 17. Juni 135
Berlin
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTER AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford
UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Office, Old Elvet
Durham
UNIVERSITÄT ZU KÖLN
Germany
Address
Albertus-magnus-platz
Köln
UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SUD
France
Address
15 Rue George Clemenceau
Orsay
VILNIUS UNIVERSITY
Lithuania
Address
Universiteto 3
Vilnius