Molecular phenomena and engineering of saline water-air interfaces (2009–2011)
Interfaces with salt solutions are ubiquitous within nature (e.g. the ocean surface) and biological systems (e.g. blood cell membranes). However our understanding of the specific interactions between the salt ions and the interfaces is still limited by empiricism. This project aims to expand our understanding of the molecular phenomena and properties of saline water air interfaces that underpin industrially important processes such as micron bubble coalescence and dissolved air flotation in water desalination. The research will develop efficient and sustainable processes for the industries to minimise energy, water and chemical usage, and impacts of water pollution and tailings disposal.