New paper in Nature Materials elucidates puzzle of floating films

Publication date: Sat, May 30, 2020 - 10:00pm
Peeling a film

A recent paper in Nature Materials from former postdoc Deepak Kumar (now Asst Prof at IIT Delhi, India), Physics Professors Narayanan Menon and Benny Davidovitch, and PSE Professor Tom Russell resolves a longstanding puzzle in interfacial physics. The study shows that the stresses in a thin solid film floating on the surface of a liquid are determined solely by the surface tension of the liquid, and not by the nature of the solid-liquid interaction. Read more about this on UMass News and CNS News.