Goodnight and Goodluck: The End of a Building at the Australian National University

  • Barry W Ninham Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, ACT 0200, Australia http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5706-1988

Abstract

The famous Surface Forces Apparatus was developed here at ANU by a Departmental team under Jacob Israelachvili. It was the first successful  measurement of molecular forces between molecularly smooth surfaces in liquids, with a distance resolution of 2 Å. Over several decades, pioneering work on forces changed colloid and surface chemistry. Many as far back as Newton had tried, but failed. AFM force measurements were also pioneered here.

Author Biography

Barry W Ninham, Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, ACT 0200, Australia

Barry Ninham founded the Department of Applied Mathematics in 1970. He is an Emeritus Professor at ANU. He does research with many collaborators in Italy, Russia, Sweden and other countries. Last year he was awarded the Matthew Flinders Medal of the Academy of Sciences, its most distinguished award.

He works also at ADFA, the Australian Defence Force Academy with Professor Richard Pashley on successful new technologies that draw on 40 years work, in desalination, recycled water and heavy metal removal that are presently being implemented. He does not draw a salary or have consultancies. He considers his work a more useful contribution to climate change than moaning about unbelievers.

Published
2018-07-05
How to Cite
Ninham, B. (2018). Goodnight and Goodluck: The End of a Building at the Australian National University. Substantia. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-52
Section
Editorial