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Sticky: The secret science of surfaces

We are surrounded by stickiness. From your vehicle typers gripping the road to The Post-it note in your desk drawer to the non-stick pan on your stove. All are designed with stickiness, or lack of it, in mind. In this talk, Laurie Winkless will explore friction in both the manufactured and natural worlds. She will describe how our understanding of surface science has given us an ability to manipulate stickiness, down to the level of a single atom.

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Laurie Winkless is a writer, physicist and sci-comm consultant currently based in Wellington, NZ. She was a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory for seven years.


The Royal Institution 21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS