Environmental science

Zoom science

Many processes in the natural environment feature micron sized particles, which in themselves may be aggregates of nanoscale objects. ZOOM will be able to study local interfaces in more dilute systems such as aerosols, more dilute aquatic systems or the mechanisms of floc and soot formation. Structural data from SANS may help to relate AFM measurements of local forces in flocs to bulk rheology. Soots may be studied directly in burning flames or indirectly as aggregates in engine oil, where, for example, the degradation of lubricating oil in diesel engines is of major commercial interest.

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