Another step closer to tunable liquids  September 12, 2018 When a liquid is confined between closely spaced surfaces, it may form ordered layers, leading to changes in the liquid’s viscosity and molecular structure. Understanding the mechanical properties of these ordered layers is important for the development of nanotechnology devices and lubricants. Using lubricants undecanol and tetradecane researchers in Singapore were able to produce highly ordered layers of hydrocarbons along the surface of graphite by applying a strong electric field. Even after removing remaining trace amounts of water the oscillatory forces remained present even at high electric field strengths. The research could lead to new applications […]