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Atomic Force Microscopy Shows Liquids Adjust Viscosity When Confined, Shaken

May 2, 2008

OLED process New research shows that when water is confined to a small space, it behaves like a gel. Then, when shaken, it becomes fluidic and exhibits the same structural and mechanical properties as water in a bottle. The study--the first to use an atomic force microscope to measure the viscosity of confined fluids--revealed that these liquids can respond and modify their viscosity based on environmental changes. Full Story

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