Dr Andrew Hodgson of Liverpool University will be talking on the subject of the frictional properties of ice as part of the Newcastle Science Festival and National Science and Engineering Week. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.
Water is the ubiquitous, often neglected ingredient in a many systems of environmental or technological importance, playing a key role in the chemistry of the earths stratosphere, in the formation of molecules in space, as well as in practical devices such as fuel-cells. Despite extensive study, we know surprisingly little about the surface properties of water, or how it wets other materials. In this lecture I will illustrate the flexible nature of water at interfaces, concentrating particularly on understanding how it wets metal surfaces.