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The Institute for Surface Chemistry, YKI is an industrial research institute in applied surface and colloid chemistry located in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology . YKI's mission is to transfer and develop innovations to customers in industrial sectors where surface chemistry plays an important role. The areas of expertise lie in the fields of surface and colloid science. It has a staff of approximately 65 persons.YKI is a part of the SP Group, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The work within YKI is organized in three sections, Materials and Coatings Section, Forest Products Section and Life Science and Chemical Industries Section. Wikipedia.


Kjellin M.,Swedish Institute for Surface Chemistry
Tenside, Surfactants, Detergents | Year: 2012

This review article will give a broad overview of the synthesized and characterised surfactants within the competence centre SNAP (Centre for Surfactants Based on Natural Products). The surfactants differ within their hydrophilic groups, hydrophobic groups as well as the linkage between these groups. The main focus was put on sugar-based surfactants and surfactants containing polyhydroxyl groups so this part will be the most extensive in the review. Interactions between surfactants and polymers have also been investigated and will be described in the final part of the review. SNAP resulted in the publication of 239 scientific articles and 22 PhD degrees. © Carl Hanser Publisher, Munich.


Li H.,University of Newcastle | Rutland M.W.,Swedish Institute for Surface Chemistry | Rutland M.W.,SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden | Atkin R.,University of Newcastle
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics | Year: 2013

Colloid probe atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been employed to investigate the nanotribology of the ionic liquid (IL)-Au(111) interface. Data is presented for four ILs, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl) trifluorophosphate ([EMIM] FAP), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([BMIM] FAP), 1-hexyl-3- methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([HMIM] FAP) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide ([BMIM] I), at different Au(111) surface potentials. Lateral forces vary as a function of applied surface potential and ion structure because the composition of the confined ion layer changes from cation-enriched (at negative potentials) to mixed (at 0 V), and to anion-enriched (at positive potentials). ILs with FAP- anions all exhibit similar nanotribology: low friction at negative potentials and higher friction at positive potentials. [BMIM] I displays the opposite behaviour, as an I- anion-enriched layer is more lubricating than either the [BMIM]+ or FAP- layers. The effect of cation charged group (charge-delocalised versus charged-localised) was investigated by comparing [BMIM] FAP with 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium tris(pentafluoroethyl) trifluorophosphate ([Py1,4] FAP). [BMIM] FAP is less lubricating at negative potentials, but more lubricating at positive potentials. This indicated that even at positive potentials the cation concentration in the boundary layer is sufficiently high to influence lubricity. The influence of sliding velocity on lateral force was investigated for the [EMIM] FAP-Au(111) system. At neutral potentials the behaviour is consistent with a discontinuous sliding process. When a positive or negative potential bias is applied, this effect is less pronounced as the colloid probe slides along a better defined ion plane. This journal is © the Owner Societies 2013.


Zhu Y.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Olofsson U.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Persson K.,Swedish Institute for Surface Chemistry
Wear | Year: 2012

Adhesion in the wheel-rail contact is a key factor determining stable running conditions and safety during train driving and braking. This paper presents an experiment performed in a mini-traction machine to simulate the problems of low adhesion in the wheel-rail contact. Tests were conducted under dry conditions and using water or oil as lubricants to study the influence of surface roughness on the adhesion coefficient. The results indicate that the adhesion coefficient can be reduced to as low as 0.02 for smooth surfaces lubricated with water. For rougher contact surfaces, the water-lubricated tests indicate a higher adhesion coefficient than do oil-lubricated ones, but also a clear dependence on water temperature. The oil-lubricated tests indicate a very slight dependence of the adhesion coefficient on variation in rolling speed, temperature, and surface roughness. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Jan Christer Eriksson and Anatoly I. Rusanov critically analyze a paper titled 'Incompatibility of the Shuttleworth equation with Hermann's mathematical structure of thermodynamics' by D. J. Bottomley and co-researchers. According to him, the problem of double counting that Bottomley and co-researchers supposed to be due to involving pairs of terms of the kind xdy + ydx, is not a true research issue but rather a pedagogical one. Within the formal scheme adopted by Gibbs, this problem is properly dealt with by means of a Gibbs Duhem condition. The critics underline that the incompatibility with the mathematical structure of thermodynamics erroneously claimed by Bottomley and co-researchers would apply not just to solid but to liquid interfaces as well, thus invalidating even the firmly rooted Gibbs surface tension equation.


Sweeney J.,University of Newcastle | Hausen F.,Leibniz Institute for New Materials | Hayes R.,University of Newcastle | Webber G.B.,University of Newcastle | And 4 more authors.
Physical Review Letters | Year: 2012

The lubricating properties of an ionic liquid on gold surfaces can be controlled through application of an electric potential to the sliding contact. A nanotribology approach has been used to study the frictional behavior of 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium tris(penta-uoroethyl) tri-uorophosphate ([Py 1,4]FAP) confined between silica colloid probes or sharp silica tips and a Au(111) substrate using atomic force microscopy. Friction forces vary with potential because the composition of a confined ion layer between the two surfaces changes from cation-enriched (at negative potentials) to anion-enriched (at positive potentials). This offers a new approach to tuning frictional forces reversibly at the molecular level without changing the substrates, employing a self-replenishing boundary lubricant of low vapor pressure. © 2012 American Physical Society.

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