Nanofluidics of Thin Liquid Films

Authored by: Markus Rauscher , Siegfried Dietrich

1 Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075403
eBook ISBN: 9781420075410
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Nanofluidics deals with liquid systems in which there is movement and control over liquids in or around objects with at least one dimension of the order of 10–50 nm or below [1]. This includes the study of nanoflows in and around nanosized objects [2]. Open nanofluidic systems exhibit a free liquid–vapor or liquid–liquid interface as they occur, e.g., in liquid films with a thickness of less than 10–50 nm [3]. * Nanofluidic systems are ubiquitous in biology: with a diameter of a few Angstroms ion-channels are the ultimate closed nanofluidic device [4]. But nanofluidics is also technologically interesting as the basis for further miniaturization of microfluidic devices down to the nanoscale [5].

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