TechConnect World 2016
National SBIR/STTR Conference National Innovation Summit & Showcase Nanotech 2016

Structured Surfaces and Coatings: Characterization, Industrial Applications & Challenges

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Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC

Technology Focus

This workshop will cover a wide range of topics around micro/nanostructured surfaces, coatings, and films. The class will start with an overview of major measurement tools for surfaces and coatings followed by a discussion on wetting fundamentals, concepts and definitions.

Although super repellency, particularly superhydrophobicity, has been known for many decades, our enthusiasm in this field appears to be bio inspired. This workshop will include a brief review of bio-inspired surfaces from plants, waterfowls, insets and animals, and how we learn from nature.

A significant amount of time in this workshop will be devoted to man-made superhydrophilic, superhydrophobic and superoleophobic surfaces and coatings. Basic design parameters and fabrication methods for these surfaces will be summarized and reviewed.

In the last part of the workshop, an overview of the potential applications for superhydrophilic, superhydrophobic and superoleophobic surfaces will be provided.  Commercial examples will be given and challenges in technology adoption will be discussed.  The workshop will conclude with a conversation on the remaining design and manufacturing issues as well as an outlook for the manufacturing of large area, large scale micro/nanostructured surfaces.

Who Should Attend and How Will They Benefit?

This workshop is targeted for a very broad audience, from Nanotechnology scientists and engineers to researchers in both academic and industry who are engaging research and developmental work in surfaces and coating, to managers and executives where familiarity of surfaces and coatings are critical not only from the knowledge viewpoint, but also from the decision making and R&D investment direction point of view.  Nanotechnologists will get the benefits of seeing the entire landscape of nanostructured coatings and surfaces.  Researchers in the surface and coating areas will get the benefit of getting an update in the latest surface characterization methods and wetting fundamental by broadening their knowledge base.  This may lead to the creation of cross discipline research areas in the future.

Workshop Content - Topics will include:

  • Surface characterization and contact angle measurements
  • Wetting fundamentals
  • Bio inspired micro/nanostructured surfaces
  • Superhydrophilic surfaces and coatings
  • Superhydrophobic surfaces and coatings
  • Superoleophobic surfaces and coatings
  • Overview of bottom-up and top-down fabrication methods
  • Design parameters and latitude space
  • Applications of superhydrophilic, superhydrophobic and superoleophobic surfaces, e.g., self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-fouling, anti-corrosion, water purification, etc.
  • Technology adoption issues related to micro/nanostructured surfaces and coatings
  • Challenges and outlook for large area, large scale manufacturing

Workshop Instructor

Kock-Yee LawKock-Yee Law
Founder and CEO
Research and Innovative Solutions


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