Contact Person: Ath. Plomaritis [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The present project is part of Marie Curie CoWet ITN. The main subjective of this project is to develop an oleophobic film, which will be able to be carried on cleaning products and after the use, of these cleaning products, the cleaned surfaces will be furnished by this film. As a result the surfaces will repel the oily dirt, so, less detergent and less effort will be needed to have this surface cleaned the next time.
The work involves study of the nature of the surfaces commonly encountered in home environment, and modification of their topography and chemistry to reach the change of the wetting properties.
The research takes place in Unilever Port Sunlight R&D laboratories and in Division of Chemical Technology, School of Chemistry, A.U.Th.
- Goniometer (Contact Angle measurements)
- Q-CMD (surface charge, particle size/charge)
- AFM (surface morphology, film morphology)
- Profiler (surface/film morphology, film thickness)
- Ellipsometry (film thickness, studies of adsorption kinetics)
- Neutron reflectivity (film structure/adsorption)
- Friction device (in house device to measure the effectiveness of the film)
The parameters that are varied during these procedures are the concentration of the film and the deposition time.