I have an inclusion of closed subsets $V(J) \subset V(I)$ in an affine scheme $Spec(R)$ with the property that $V(I) = V(J) \cup \partial V(I)$. I would like to conclude that $V(J)=V(I)$. (Here $\partial$ denotes the boundary of a set.) Note that the interior of $V(I)$ is contained in $V(J)$ and hence the closure of the interior of $V(I)$ is contained in $V(J)$. But recall from basic topology that the closure of the interior of a closed set need not be the closed set. (The closed set could have empty interior for example.)
The most important special case for me is when $V(J) = \emptyset$. In this case I have a closed subset $V(I)$ of an affine scheme with the property that $V(I) = \partial V(I)$ and I would like to claim that $V(I) = \emptyset$.
Is there any hope for me? I'm willing to assume that the ring $R$ is Noetherian if that will help.
Does an affine scheme always have non-empty interior? Is $V(I) = \partial V(I)$ only possible if $V(I)$ is empty?
I may be grasping at phantoms but if there is something about the topology of affine schemes that could make this work I would be elated. Thanks for your attention.