Spacecraft surface chemistry

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Terry Frankcombe (

Description of Work: 

The interaction of the surfaces of spacecraft with the space environment has significant and poorly understood effects on the spacecraft's performance. In conjunction with UNSW Canberra Space, several projects are available investigating typical spacecraft surface interactions. Two particular targets for investigation are energy transfer and accretion processes in collisions with rarefied gasses, and understanding the factors controlling surface coating though photo-initiated polymerisation of adsorbates.

Purely theoretical or some combined numerical and experimental projects are available, by negotiation. Suitable candidates will have some familiarity with physical/chemical and mathematical concepts, and engage in scientific programming.