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Surfaces and Structures

"For many arrangements of matter, it is the interfacial boundaries, rather than the bulk composition, that are often critical to the properties and behaviors of the material."

Microscopic-level surfaces studied by the Hatton Group.



The surfaces of solids offer a platform for a range of functional coatings that take different forms and may be applied in specific patterns that have desired operational properties. Manipulating the structure and substance of fluids and solids can influence their function and reaction qualities. In solids, for example, tight control of pore size, grain size, chemical composition, and crystal structure produces a striking range of catalytic, mechanical, and electromagnetic properties.