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The mission of MUSE is to develop a new fundamental understanding and models of the transport and interfacial properties of fluids confined by porous media by integrating multi-scale experimental and theoretical methods including state-of-the-art microscopy imaging, and validated multi-scale, physics-based modeling of hierarchical and natural nanostructured materials of varying levels of physical and chemical heterogeneities.
Hexane on Quartz
A submicroscopic hexane droplet interacts with a quartz substrate through a molecular modeling simulation. These types of simulations are helping scientists at EFRC-MUSE to understand the interactions between liquids and solids in extremely confined spaces. (curtesy of Prof. Jan Miller and Dr. Jiaqi Jin of the University of Utah)
Does water aid in the sintering of clay?
Two thin layers of kaolinite (clay) are sintered at 1273 K in the presence of a small amount of water. (courtesty of Prof. Adri van Duin and Murali Muraleedharan of Penn State University)