You are invited to attend our 34th annual Katz seminar by Prof. Jacob Israelachvili entitled "Adhesion, friction and lubrication forces in everyday life".
Monday, January 28th, 2008
Shepard Hall, Room 95
Reception to follow in the Amsterdam Room, 3rd floor (faculty dining room), NAC Building.
If there were no adhesion, we would fall apart; if there were no friction we would not move forward when we walked and no sound would come from a violin. We take these forces for granted, and make use of them instinctively, without thinking – they are part of our biological makeup. The talk will attempt to give a readily understandable but scientific background to the origin, history, and present day understanding of why things stick (adhere) to each other, why they sometimes fall apart, and the role of friction and lubrication forces in all this.
Jacob Israelachvili received his PhD (1972) in Physics from the University of Cambridge working at the Surface Physics Department of the Cavendish Laboratory. After leading a research laboratory in Australia, he was elected a member of the Australian Academy of Science. In 1986, he joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara where he holds joint appointments in the Chemical Engineering, Materials and Biomolecular Science/Engineering departments. He is the author of a textbook entitled "Intermolecular and Surface Forces". In 1988 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, in 1991 he was awarded the Alpha Chi Sigma Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, in 1996 he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering. Most recently he was made a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2003) and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (2004).