Samir Salameh

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Fundamental knowledge about the mechanisms of adhesion between oxide particles with diameters of few nanometers is impeded by the difficulties associated with direct measurements of contact forces at such a small size scale. Here we develop a strategy based on AFM force spectroscopy combined with all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to quantify and(More)
Interparticle forces govern the mechanical behavior of granular matter and direct the hierarchical assembling of nanoparticles into supramolecular structures. Understanding how these forces change under different ambient conditions would directly benefit industrial-scale nanoparticle processing units such as filtering and fluidization. Here we rationalize(More)
A new two-step layer transfer process is introduced that is capable of fabricating mechanically stabilized highly porous nanoparticle layers on various substrates. In a first step titanium dioxide nanoparticles were synthesized with Flame-Spray-Pyrolysis and accumulated on a filter paper in the gas phase. In a second step this highly porous filter cake is(More)
Efficient nanopowder processing requires knowledge of the powder’s mechanical properties. Due to the large surface area to volume ratio, nanoparticles experience relatively strong attractive interactions, leading to the formation of micron-size porous structures called agglomerates. Significant effort has been directed towards the development of models and(More)
In this work we present a comprehensive experimental study to determine the contact forces between individual metal oxide nanoparticles in the gas-phase using atomic force microscopy. In addition, we determined the amount of physisorbed water for each type of particle surface. By comparing our results with mathematical models of the interaction forces, we(More)
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