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Marina Ruths

Marina Ruths
Professor Marina RuthsProfessor
  • CollegeCollege of Sciences
  • DepartmentChemistry
  • Phone(978) 934-3692
  • Fax(978) 934-3013
  • OfficeOlney Hall - 216a
  • EmailMarina_Ruths@uml.edu

Research Interests

Interfacial and surface forces; adhesion; friction (nanotribology)

Forces and nanoscopic friction in confined systems containing adsorbed polymers, biopolymers, polyelectrolytes, liquid crystals, and self-assembled monolayers; Effects of surface roughness and strength of adhesion on nanoscopic friction. Direct measurements of forces and friction with the Surface Forces Apparatus (SFA) technique and with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).

Education

  • Ph D: Chemistry, (1996), University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Time-Dependent Interactions in Polymer and Liquid Crystal Systems
  • Other: Filosofie licentiat: Physical Chemistry, (1992), Åbo Akademi University - Finland
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Ytaktiva ämnens association in lösning och på fasta ytor (Association of surface active compounds in solution and on solid surfaces)
  • MS: Physical Chemistry, (1990), Åbo Akademi University - Finland
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Sammansättningen av faserna i det jonogena mikroemulsionssystemet 0,5 m NaCl(aq)–natriumdodekylsulfat–cyklohexan–bensylalkohol (Composition of the phases in the ionic microemulsion system 0.5 m NaCl(aq)–sodium dodecylsulfate–cyclohexane–benzyl alcohol)

Biography

Dr. Marina Ruths received her M.Sc. in Chemistry and “Filosofie licentiat” in Physical Chemistry at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (2007), Scholarship/Research - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • US_Japan Young Researcher Exchange Program for Nanotechnology and Nanomanufacturing (2006) - US_Japan Young Researcher Exchange Program for Nanotechnology and Nanomanufacturing
  • The Academy of Finland, fellowship for research abroad at the Institute for Surface Chemistry (2004) - (YKI, Ytkemiska Institutet AB), Stockholm, Sweden.
  • personal stipend for research (2001), Scholarship/Research - The Research Institute at bo Akademi University, Finland;
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (The Max Planck Society), fellowship (2000), Scholarship/Research - Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany.
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship (1998), Scholarship/Research - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • fellowship for graduate studies (1995) - Association of Finnish Chemical Societies
  • fellowship for research at University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (1995) - The Academy of Finland
  • Fellowship for research abroad at University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. (1994), Scholarship/Research - The Research Institute at bo Akademi University, Finland,
  • stipend for scientific research (1993), Scholarship/Research - Professor J. J. Nervander Foundation(bo Akademi University)
  • (The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters), fellowship for graduate studies. (1992), Scholarship/Research - Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation
  • fellowships for Ph.D. studies and research at UC Santa Barbara (1992), Scholarship/Research - Neste Oy Foundation, Finland
  • stipend for Ph.D. dissertation research in Chemistry (1992), Scholarship/Research - Waldemar von Frenckell Foundation
  • ASLA-Fulbright Study Grant (1991), Scholarship/Research - Finland-US Educational Exchange Commission
  • ASLA/Fulbright Grant for graduate studies in the United States (1991), Scholarship/Research - Department of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • fellowship for graduate studies and research within the Nordic Countries, at the University of Bergen, Norway (1991), Scholarship/Research - The Academy of Finland
  • fellowship for graduate studies (1990), Scholarship/Research - Association of Finnish Chemical Societies
  • Nordic Research and Development Grants 06_12/1990 (fellowships) for research at the University of Bergen, Norway. (1990), Scholarship/Research - Nordic Council of Ministers

Publications

  • Wang, P., Su, J., Shen, M., Ruths, M., Sun, H. (2016) "Detection of liquid penetration into a micropillar surface using quartz crystal microbalance," Langmuir
  • Ruths, M., Lundgren, S.M., Persson, K. (2016) "Friction of Fatty Acids in Nanoscale Contacts," CRC Press pp. 333–359
  • Wang, P., Su, J., Gong, L., Shen, M., Ruths, M., Sun, H. (2015) "Numerical simulation and experimental study of resonance characteristics of QCM-P devices operating in liquid and their application in biological detection," Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 220: pp. 1320–1327
  • Drummond, C., Ruths, M., , (2015) "Surface Forces Apparatus,"
  • Ren, H., Huo, H., Wang, P., Wang, C., Liu, S., Shen, M., Sun, H., Ruths, M. (2014) "The electric field effect on the sensitivity of tin oxide gas sensors on nanostructured substrates at low temperature," Int. J. Smart Nano Mater. 5:4 pp. 257-269
  • Ruths, M., Drummond, C., Israelachvili, J.N. (2014) "Characterization of Biomolecular Interactions with the Surface Forces Apparatus," 37 pp. 457-480
  • Yang, Y., Singh, J., Ruths, M. (2014) "Friction of aromatic thiol monolayers on silver: SFA and AFM studies of adhesive and non-adhesive contacts," RSC Advances 4:36 pp. 18801-18810
  • Israelachvili, J., Ruths, M. (2013) "Brief history of intermolecular and intersurface forces in complex fluid systems," Langmuir 29:31 pp. 9605-9619
  • Ruths, M. (2013) "Surface Forces, Surface Tension and Adhesion," Springer pp. 3435-3443
  • Ren, H., Huo, H., Shen, M., Ruths, M., Sun, H. (2013) "Femtosecond laser irradiation enhanced room temperature tin oxide nanostructure gas sensor," Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 8692: pp. The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE); American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Asian-Pac. Netw. Cent. Res. Smart Struct. Technol. (ANCRiSST) -
  • Ruths, M., Zappone, B. (2012) "Direct nanomechanical measurement of an anchoring transition in a nematic liquid crystal subject to hybrid anchoring conditions," Langmuir 28:22 pp. 8371-8383
  • Ren, H., Wang, P., Huo, H., Shen, M., Ruths, M., Sun, H. (2012) "Effects of surface electric field on SnO2 room temperature gas sensors fabricated on nanospike substrates," pp. 83454T–83454T
  • Wang, P., Ren, H., Huo, H., Shen, M., Sun, H., Ruths, M. (2012) "Failure study of SnO2 room temperature gas sensors fabricated on nanospike substrates," pp. 834544–834544
  • Drummond, C., Ruths, M. (2012) "Surface Forces Apparatus," Springer 19: pp. 2574-2582
  • Yang, Y., Ruths, M. (2011) "Nanotribological properties of aromatic and polyaromatic thiol selfassembled monolayers," CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL 2: pp. 17-45
  • Cozzens, D., Luk, A., Ojha, U., Ruths, M., Faust, R. (2011) "Surface characterization and protein interactions of segmented polyisobutylene-based thermoplastic polyurethanes," Langmuir 27:23 pp. 14160-14168
  • Yang, Y., Jamison, A.C., Barriet, D., Lee, T.R., Ruths, M. (2010) "Odd-even effects in the friction of self-assembled monolayers of phenyl-terminated alkanethiols in contacts of different adhesion strengths," Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 24:15-16 pp. 2511-2529
  • Ruths, M., Israelachvili, J.N. (2010) "Surface Forces and Nanorheology of Molecularly Thin Films," Springer-Verlag, Berlin & Heidelberg, Germany 29:3 pp. 857-922
  • Ruths, M. (2009) "A Review of: "Introduction to Soft Matter: Synthetic and Biological Self-Assembling Materials, by I. W. Hamley"," Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 506: pp. 171-173
  • Yang, Y., Ruths, M. (2009) "Adhesion and boundary friction of aromatic self-assembled monolayers," Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society 32nd: pp. 324-326
  • Yang, Y., Ruths, M. (2009) "Friction of polyaromatic thiol monolayers in adhesive and nonadhesive contacts," Langmuir 25:20 pp. 12151-12159
  • Lundgren, S.M., Ruths, M., Danerlöv, K., Persson, K. (2008) "Effects of unsaturation on film structure and friction of fatty acids in a model base oil," Journal of colloid and interface science 326:2 pp. 530-536
  • Ruths, M., Israelachvili, J.N. (2008) "Surface Forces and Nanorheology of Molecularly Thin Films," Springer-Verlag, Berlin & Heidelberg, Germany 9:2 pp. 417-497
  • Zappone, B., Ruths, M., Greene, G.W., Jay, G.D., Israelachvili, J.N. (2007) "Adsorption, lubrication, and wear of lubricin on model surfaces: Polymer brush-like behavior of a glycoprotein," Biophysical journal 92:5 pp. 1693-1708
  • Ruths, M. (2006) "Friction of mixed and single-component aromatic monolayers in contacts of different adhesive strength," Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110:5 pp. 2209-2218
  • Ruths, M. (2006) "Nanocrystals Forming Mesoscopic Structures by Marie-Paule Pileni," Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 460: pp. 147-149
  • Ruths, M., Israelachvili, J.N., Berman, A.D. (2005) "Surface Forces and Nanorheology of Molecularly Thin Films ," Springer-Verlag, Berlin & Heidelberg, Germany, 1 pp. 389-481
  • Gao, J., Luedtke, W.D., Gourdon, D., Ruths, M., Israelachvili, J.N., Landman, U. (2004) "Frictional forces and Amontons law: From the molecular to the macroscopic scale. (Invited Feature Article)," Journal of Physical Chemistry B 108: pp. 3410-3425
  • Israelachvili, J.N., Alcantar, N., Maeda, N., Mates, T., Ruths, M. (2004) "Preparing contamination-free mica substrates for surface characterization, force measurements and imaging," Langmuir 20: pp. 3616-3622
  • Ruths, M., Berman, A.D., Israelachvili, J.N. (2004) "Surface Forces and Nanorheology of Molecularly Thin Films ," Springer-Verlag, Berlin & Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 543-603
  • Ruths, M. (2003) "Boundary friction of aromatic self-assembled monolayers: Comparison of systems with one or both sliding surfaces covered with a thiol monolayer," Langmuir 19: pp. 6788-6795
  • Berg, S., Johannsmann, D., Ruths, M. (2003) "Frequency response of quartz crystal shearresonator during an adhesive, elastic contact in a surface forces apparatus," Journal of Applied Physics 93: pp. 3682
  • Zhu, Y., Ohtani, H., Greenfield, M.L., Ruths, M., Granick, S. (2003) "Modification of boundary lubrication by oil-soluble friction modifier additives," Tribology Letters 15: pp. 127-134
  • Berg, S., Ruths, M., Johannsmann, D. (2003) "Quartz crystal resonators with atomically smooth surfaces for use in contact mechanics," Rev.Sci.Instr 74: pp. 3845-3852
  • Berg, S., Johannsmann, D., Ruths, M. (2002) "Frequency response of quartz crystal shearresonator during an adhesive, elastic contact in a surface forces apparatus," Journal of Applied Physics 92: pp. 6905-6910
  • Berg, S., Ruths, M., Johannsmann, D. (2002) "High-frequency measurements of interfacial friction using quartz crystal resonators integrated into a surface forces apparatus," Physical Review E 65: pp. 026119
  • Ruths, M., Heuberger, M., Scheumann, V., Hu, J., Knoll, W. (2001) "Confinement-Induced Film Thickness Transitions in Liquid Crystals between Two Alkanethiol Monolayers on Gold,," Langmuir 17: pp. 6213-6219
  • Ruths, M., Sukhishvili, S.A., Granick, S. (2001) "Static and Dynamic Forces between Adsorbed Polyelectrolyte Layers (Quaternized Poly-4-vinylpyridine)," Journal of Physical Chemistry B 105: pp. 6202-6210
  • Ruths, M., Granick, S. (2000) "Influence of alignment of crystalline confining surfaces on static forces and shear in a liquid crystal, 4 -n-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB)," Langmuir 16: pp. 8368-8376
  • Ruths, M., Johannsmann, D., Rühe, J., Knoll, W. (2000) "Repulsive forces and Relaxation on Compression of Entangled Polydisperse Polystyrene Brushes ," Macromolecules 33: pp. 3860-3870
  • Ruths, M., Ohtani, H., Greenfield, M.L., Granick, S. (1999) "Exploring the friction modifier phenomenon: nanorheology of n-alkane chains with polar terminus dissolved in n-alkane solvent,," Tribology Letters 6: pp. 207-214
  • Ruths, M., Granick, S. (1999) "Tribology of Confined Fomblin-Z Perfluoropolyalkyl Ethers: Molecular Weight Dependence and Comparison between Unfunctionalized and Telechelic Chains,," Tribology Letters 7: pp. 161-172
  • Ruths, M., Granick, S. (1998) "Rate-Dependent Adhesion between Opposed Perfluoropoly(alkyl ether) Layers: Dependence on Chain-End Functionality and Chain Length,," Journal of Physical Chemistry B 102: pp. 6056-6063
  • Ruths, M., Israelachvili, J.N., Ploehn, H.J. (1997) "Effects of Time and Compression on the Interactions of Adsorbed Polystyrene Layers in a Near-Theta Solvent,," Macromolecules 30: pp. 3329-3339
  • Koltover, I., Idziak, S.H., Davidson, P., Li, Y., Safinya, C.R., Ruths, M., Steinberg, S., Israelachvili, J.N. (1996) "Alignment of Complex Fluids under Confinement and Flow,," Journal de Physique II 6: pp. 893-907
  • Ruths, M., Yoshizawa, H., Fetters, L.J., Israelachvili, J.N. (1996) "Depletion Attraction versus Steric Stabilization in a System of Weakly Adsorbing Polymer Effects of Concentration and Adsorption Conditions,," Macromolecules 29: pp. 7193-7203
  • Ruths, M., Steinberg, S., Israelachvili, J.N. (1996) "Effects of Confinement and Shear on the Properties of Thin Films of Thermotropic Liquid Crystal,," Langmuir 12: pp. 6637-6650
  • Idziak, S.H., Koltover, I., Davidson, P., Ruths, M., Li, Y., Israelachvili, J.N., Safinya, C.R. (1996) "Structure under Confinement in a Smectic-A and Lyotropic Surfactant Hexagonal Phase,," Physica B 221: pp. 289-295
  • Kuhl, T., Ruths, M., Chen, Y.L., Israelachvili, J. (1994) "Direct Visualization of Cavitation and Damage in Ultrathin Liquid Films,," Journal of Heart Valve Disease 3: pp. S117-S127
  • Idziak, S.H., Safinya, C.R., Hill, R.S., Kraiser, K.E., Ruths, M., Warriner, H.E., Steinberg, S., Liang, K.S., Israelachvili, J.N. (1994) "The X-ray Surface Forces Apparatus: Structure of a Smectic Liquid Crystal under Confinement,," Science 264: pp. 1915-1918
  • Backlund, S., Lundsten, G., Ruths, M., Sjöberg, M., Wärnheim, T. (1992) "Partial phase behaviour of ionic microemulsions stabilized by sodium dodecylsulfate and alcohol cosurfactants,," Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science 88: pp. 36-41
  • Andersen, O.M., Ma, Z., Friberg, S., Blokhus, A.M., Ruths, M., Sjoblom, J. (1992) "Surfactant and cosurfactants in lamellar liquid crystals and adsorbed on solid surfaces. IV. The model system sodium p-octylbenzenesulfonate/benzyl alcohol and alpha-alumina," Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science 88: pp. 58-63
  • Ruths, M., Sjöblom, J., Blokhus, A.M. (1991) "Surfactants and Cosurfactants in Lamellar Liquid Crystals and Adsorbed on Solid Surfaces. III. The Model System Sodium Dodecanoate/Benzyl Alcohol and alpha-Alumina," Journal of colloid and interface science 145: pp. 108-112
  • Blokhus, A.M., Høiland, H., Gjerde, M.I., Backlund, S., Ruths, M., Douheret, G. (1990) "Aggregation behavior of sodium dodecylsulfate in water 1,2-ethanediol mixtures," Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science 82: pp. 243-248

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • ADVANCE Institutional Transformation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2016), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Co-Principal), Bond, M.A. (Co-Principal), Moloney, J. (Principal), Ruths, M. (Co-Principal), Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Preparation and Tribological Characterization of Textured Surfaces (2015), - L'Oreal
    Ruths, M. (Principal)
  • Manufacturing of Hydrocarbon Fuels from Sunlight, Carbon Dioxide and Water with Metal Nanostructures: Mechanistic Investigations to Improve Performance (2012), Grant - National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Ruths, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Sensing Mechanism and Persistence of Semiconductor Gas Sensors on Nanostructured Surfaces (2010), Grant - National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Ruths, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Preparation and Tribological Characterization of Textured Surfaces (2014), - L'Oreal
    Ruths, M. (Principal)
  • CAREER: Adhesion and Friction in Multi-Asperity (2007), Grant - National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Ruths, M. (Principal)
  • Friction of Self-Assembled Polyaromatic Monolayers (2006), Grant - The Petroleum Research Fund
    Ruths, M.
  • Controlled-Roughness Surfaces for Studies of Adhesion and Friction in Multi-Asperity Contact (2006), Grant - Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
    Ruths, M.
  • Friction of Self-Assembled Polyaromatic Monolayers (Grant #45101-G5) (2006), Grant - The Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) (American Chemical Society, ACS)
    Ruths, M. (Principal)
  • travel grant for bilateral researcher exchange in cooperation with Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service), Germany (2005), - STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education)
    Ruths, M.
  • travel grant (2003), Grant - The Research Institute at bo Akademi University, Finland
    Ruths, M.
  • travel grant. (2003), Grant - Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation (The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters),
    Ruths, M.
  • travel grant for bilateral researcher exchange in cooperation with Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service), Germany (2001), Grant - The Academy of Finland
    Ruths, M.
  • grant for research supplies (2001), Grant - The Research Institute at bo Akademi University, Finland
    Ruths, M.
  • grant (personal stipend and funding for supplies), for research at bo Akademi University. (2001), Sponsored Research - Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation (Finland)
    Ruths, M.
  • grant for researcher returning to Finland (for research at bo Akademi University) (2000), Grant - The Academy of Finland
    Ruths, M.