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Advance Surface Science Workshop

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Advance Surface Science Workshop


Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta


August 7 - 9, 2018


What is it all about:

You are invited to the 3rd Advance Surface Science Workshop to be held by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian University and one of the Top 100 in the world. This workshop is organized by interfacial Science and Surface Engineering laboratory (iSSElab) in collaboration with a world leading manufacturer of surface science instrumentation, KRÜSS, and with institutional support from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta.


The primary objectives of the workshop are to expand and update the participant’s knowledge and practical expertise in the field of surface science in addition to matching academic and industrial partners based on their field of interests in order to create new collaboration and possible funding opportunities.


Every session in this workshop is facilitated and mentored by a minimum of three world-renowned industry experts, representing either academic, industry or research institutes. The academic champion will be focused on the knowledge gaps and importance of fundamental aspects of the subject whereas the research opportunities with the ongoing issues in the field will be discussed by the industry partners. In the panel discussion, the academic and industry experts will propose a collective approach and seek avenues for future collaboration.


The event is organized in order to match academic and industrial partners based on their field of interests. Two topics are covered over the course of days.

  • Day 1: Interfacial Tension (IFT)
  • Day 2: Wettability & Adhesion (Contact Angle)
  • Day 3: Laboratory (hands-on experience)

Each day will be devoted to discussing the theoretical background, challenges within industry with supporting case studies, and practical demonstration sessions. The panel discussion at the end of each day is dedicated to strengthening the interaction between all stakeholders. The theoretical background discussion, at the beginning of each day, will be facilitated by the experts within the respective areas.

Learn more at advancedinterface.org.




Sponsors and Partners

Visit KRUSS online.

Visit iSSELab online.



Note for Industrial Partners/Participants


The 2/3 of registration fee may be reimbursed through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) for industrial participants​. Learn more at http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/jobgrant.aspx


Workshop Agenda

Day 1, August 7, 2018 - Interfacial Tension (IFT)

The first day is dedicated to interfacial tension (IFT) and the three champions in this field: Dr. Prashant R. Waghmare (Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta), Dr. John Frostad (Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia), and Dr. Raymond Sanedrin (Application Manager at KRÜSS Scientific).

Each will present real case studies in applications such as the energy, environment and nanotechnology industries. Dr. Waghmare will touch on applications and basic principles of interfacial tension measurements. Dr. Frostad will present research findings within the area of interfacial rheology. Dr. Sanedrin will present relevant case studies within energy, environment and automotive industries, as well as discuss the application examples for tensiometry.

Interfacial Tension (IFT) plays an important role in many industrial processes where the contact between different phases exists. It provides answers on what effects the tendency for phase separation and emulsifiability; on flooding efficiency due to reduced interfacial tension; on quality of hydrophobic liquids; on quality of industrial coatings.

Contents:

  • Applications and basic principles of interfacial tension measurements
  • Static methods to characterize liquid/liquid and liquid/gas interfaces
  • Dynamic methods to characterize liquid/liquid and liquid/gas interfaces
  • Application examples for tensiometry
  • Nanotechnology and role of surface forces
  • Importance of interfacial rheology in industrial process

Day 2, August 8, 2018 - Wettability & Adhesion - Contact Angle

On the second day, adhesion and contact angle will be discussed. Dr. Alidad Amirfazli (Professor at the York University, Canada) will share his knowledge with participants. Dr. Amirfazli will cover droplet adhesion process with fundamentals and applications.

Wettability, adhesion and contact angle is the main interest of companies working in a field of renewable energy, e.g. solar panels manufacturers; in a field of industrial coatings; in a field of manufacturing paint or coating.

Contents:

  • Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion
  • Contact Angle Measurements - A method to characterize solid surfaces
  • Methods to determine the Surface Free Energy
  • The importance of Surface and Interfacial Tension for Paint Jobs and Coatings
  • Importance of contact angle measurements for industrial applications
  • Wetting dynamics of Ultra-hydrophobic surfaces


Day 3, August 9, 2018 – Laboratory Day (Hands-On Portion)

On the final day, the participants are able to request what will be discussed in relation to the specific issues associated with on field or in laboratory challenges. There will also be an onsite demonstration/characterization of samples. Throughout the last day of the workshop, we will be offering a hands-on experience with any of the instruments available in the laboratory.




INVITED SPEAKERS


Dr. Alidad Amirfazli is the Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lassonde. His current research is in surface engineering and understanding droplet surface interactions to develop platform technologies for diverse areas of applications, e.g. water management in fuel cells, anti-icing systems for wind turbine/aircrafts printing technology, application of pesticides, spray cooling, addative manufacturing, and related instrumentation.

Dr. Kock-Yee Law (Tentative) is an extremely prolific scientist and inventor. He has published more than 125 papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed over 140 US Patent Applications of which 116 of them have been granted today. His latest research has resulted in two authoritative reviews on superoleophobicity and superhydrophobicity, one research paper in redefining surface definitions, a new book entitled "Surface Wetting. Characterization, Contact Angle, and Fundamentals" published by Springer, and two new patent applications related to the application of self-cleaning technology in paints and fabrics.

Dr. Raymond Sanedrin is a self-motivated science professional with excellent experiences in leading projects and teams that resulted in the accomplishment of numerous research goals and establishment of collaborative research studies. Expertise in micro/nano functional materials, chemical surface modification, nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization, protein-protein interactions, DNA hybridization, and protein-virus interactions.

Dr. John M. Frostad is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in Chemical Engineering and Food Science at the University of British Columbia. He completed a postdoc at Stanford University and before that worked for 2 years at Bend Research as a Research Chemical Engineer. Dr. Frostad received a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a BS (with honors) from the University of Washington, both in Chemical Engineering. His research interests involve the physics of fluid-fluid interfaces and related phenomena in emulsions, foams and suspensions. In particular, his lab employs micromechanical techniques for probing the mechanical properties of interfaces, capsules, and complex emulsion droplets, as well as the dynamics of phase separation in emulsions and foams.

Dr.-Ing. Philip Jaeger (Tentative) is a managing director of Eurotechnica GmbH, Germany since 1998. He is also a lecturer at Hamburg University of Technology where he teaches courses in High Pressure Technology and Experimentation. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 for studying “Supercritical liquid fractionation with carbon dioxide. His areas of expertise and scientific investigation are: interfacial phenomena in EOR and EGR, supercritical fluid extraction, thermodynamics of interfaces and mass transfer at elevated pressures, material properties of polymers under elevated pressures and high pressure equipment design.


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