Putting Liquids Under Molecular-Scale Confinement

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Science  04 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5518, pp. 867-868
DOI: 10.1126/science.1061206

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When a liquid is confined, for example, between two surfaces, its properties change as the confined region approaches molecular dimensions. Such confinement-induced changes play an important role in diverse areas from geology to biology. In their Perspective, Israelachvili and Gourdon highlight the report by Heuberger et al., who have devised an extended surface forces apparatus (eSFA) that allows highly accurate measurements of the forces and densities of confined liquids.