Applications controlled by interfacial rheology, including:
- Biological systems such as pulmonary lung surfactant and meibum. Their functionality is largely based on their flow on interphases under stress.
- Emulsions and foams whose stability is vital for their functionality. Viscoelasticity of an interface can predict the stability of a complex fluid. Micelle/droplet fusion and fission are largely dependent on the interface viscoelasticity.
- Oil and gas, cosmetics, food products, biophysics, pharmaceuticals, application areas where molecules at interfaces have desired flow properties, such as asphaltenes in oil and gas.
Langmuir monolayer structural studies, including:
- Phase changes, as the viscoelasticity of the layer is strongly affected by the phase transition.
- Surface reactions such as crosslinking in real time, as changes in molecular size and shape have typically a strong response in their rheological properties.
- Aggregation and adsorption, as they typically change the viscoelasticity of the film.
- Determination of optimal coating parameters prior to deposition, as the Langmuir-Blodgett coating is based on the flow of the molecules to the solid substrate.