Reassessment of solidification in fluids confined between Mica sheets

Yingxi Zhu, Steve Granick

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Enhanced layering is observed when molecularly thin films of a simple globular molecular fluid (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane) are confined between step-free sheets of mica cleaved to be free of nanoparticulates produced by using a hot platinum wire. In addition, the linear shear responses depend on history. Films formed by rapid compression or under the action of shear display a large effective viscosity, but films formed by quasistatic compression display unprecedented low friction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8148-8151
Number of pages4
Issue number20
StatePublished - Sep 30 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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