The hydrophobic force: measurements and methods
Rico F Tabor, Franz Grieser, Raymond R Dagastine, Derek YC Chan
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2014
The hydrophobic force describes the attraction between water-hating molecules (and surfaces) that draws them together, causing aggregation, phase separation, protein folding and many other inherent physical phenomena. Attempts have been made to isolate the range and magnitude of this interaction between extended surfaces for more than four decades, with wildly varying results. In this perspective, we critically analyse the application of common force-measuring techniques to the hydrophobic force conundrum. In doing so, we highlight possible interferences to these measurements and provide physical rationalisation where possible. By analysing the most recent measurements, new approaches to est..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council through the provision of Discovery Project
We are grateful to Clayton Radke for valuable discussions on the hydrophobic force and its measurement. This work was supported in part by the Australian Research Council through the provision of Discovery Project funding (DP140100677 and DP110101090).