Chemistry Department Colloquium

"What Can Spectroscopy Tell Us About Nanoconfined Liquids"

Presented by Ward H. Thompson, Chemistry Department, University of Kansas

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 11:00 am — Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

There is currently significant interest in the properties of liquids confined on nanometer length scales. In addition to their usefulness in understanding fundamental properties of liquids at interfaces, they are relevant to a variety of potential applications of mesoporous materials, such as catalysis and separations. The nanoscale confinement of a liquid can significantly affect both its equilibrium and dynamic properties, but probing these changes spectroscopically can be challenging. In particular, a better understanding of what molecular-level information is contained in the results of spectroscopic measurements is needed. This issue will be examined through the use of molecular dynamics simulations of spectroscopic results and comparisons with corresponding experimental measurements.

Hosted by: Robert Crowell

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