The main scientific focus of the Laboratory of Adheison and corrosion Scienece is to gain fundamental understanding of adsorption/desorption and adhesion/de-adhesion processes on metal/metal oxide surfaces. The research priority covers a broad selection of systems with different levels of complexity. Investigations aim to bridge the molecular level mechanistic understanding of surface/interface processes with the macro-scale phenomena observed at a technical level. This is accomplished by combination of studies on model single crystalline surfaces, polycrystalline thin films and complex technical substrates. Along with the substrates, the complexity of the polymeric phase is treated in the same way.
The broad material selection includes oxidicnanocrystalline films, clay/graphene-polymer nanocomposites, self assembled monolayers (SAM’s) and plasma polymer films. The electrical, chemical and mechanical properties of these films can be modified by annealing, plasma treatments and adsorption of SAM’s.
The aim is to build up a methodology where the experimental and theoretical studies will be applied synergistically to adhesion and corrosion related questions such that the experimental results open up new realistic questions for the theoretical calculations and theory will provide new insights for the interpretation of the experimental observations.