Surface Potential Studies of Human Hair Using Kelvin Probe Microscopy

  • Bharat BhushanEmail author
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


It is obvious that during combing and running the hands through one’s hair, physical damage is likely to occur. These actions also tend to create an electrostatic charge on the hair, and it is of interest whether or not the physical wear and the electrostatic charge are related, or if charge has been created by other mechanism. The presence of this static charge in the real world is a major problem concerning hair manageability, flyaway behavior, feel, and appearance so understanding the mechanisms behind charge buildup, and how to control it, is a focal point in designing effective hair care products such as conditioner.


Normal Load Hair Sample Human Hair Electrostatic Charge Charge Mobility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- and Nanotechnology and Biomimetics (NLB2)Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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