Superhydrophobicity and Wetting Symposium

Superhydrophobicity and Wetting Symposium

The SWS aims to bring researchers together to discuss on latest progress in the fields of superhydrophobicity and wetting. Our program includes talks from invited speakers, contributed presentations and poster sessions. People from both academy and industry are welcome to the event! The event is organized by Prof. Robin Ras and Prof. Quan Zhou from Aalto University. The symposium will be held in the old main building of Aalto University at Otakaari 1.

A conference dinner is included in the symposium program! The dinner will be held on M/S Natalia sailing in the Helsinki archipelago. The boat will depart from Kauppatori harbour from Helsinki center on Wednesday 16th at 18:30 and return to the same place about three hours later at 21:30. A bus connection from Otaniemi to the harbour will leave at 18:00 and from harbour to Otaniemi after the boat has returned. All dinner guests are advised to take warm clothing to the boat if they want to spend time on the deck of the boat due to cold wind at sea.

Our final program and book of abstracts have been published!
SWS session information
SWS poster information
SWS Book of Abstracts

SWS flyer can be downloaded here.

Lists of our contributed oral presentations can be found here and poster presentations here.

More information on the venue can be found here.

Our invited speakers:

Prof. Alidad Amirfazli, Department of Mechanical Engineering, York University, Canada

Amirfazli has produced exciting results in wetting behavior of surfaces, drop adhesion and shedding, understanding and application of superhydrophobic coatings. He has more than 250 scientific contributions, many in prestigious peer reviewed journals; he is the Editor for the Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. He also served in the board of Professional Engineers of Alberta, and been a consultant with various companies in USA, Europe, and Canada.

Tentative title of talk: How to Control the Splat of an Impacting Droplet using Superhydrophobic Patterns

Prof. Dimos Poulikakos, Institute of Energy Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Professor Dimos Poulikakos is the director of the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies at ETH Zurich. He is a member of the Swiss National Academy of Engineering. His research is in the area of interfacial transport phenomena, thermodynamics and related materials with a broad range of emerging applications.

Tentative title of talk: Inherent physics inspiring design for supercooled water- and ice-shedding from surfaces

Prof. Doris Vollmer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

Doris Vollmer studied physics at the University of Bielefeld, the ETH Zurich and the University of Utrecht. During her PhD (University of Basel) she investigated structural and thermodynamic transitions in microemulsions. Since 2009 her research focused on fundamental and applied problems in the wetting behavior of structured surfaces, in particular of superhydrophobic, superamphiphobic and slippery surfaces. Currently she coordinates the ITN on lubricant impregnated slippery surfaces.

Tentative title of talk: Drops on slippery surfaces

Prof. Frieder Mugele, Department of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherlands

Frieder Mugele has been full Professor of Physics of Complex Fluids at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) since 2004. With his team, he studies physical and chemical aspects of fluids at interfaces from molecular to macroscopic scales bridging between fundamental science and applications. Prof. Mugele has published more than 180 scientific articles including the standard review on electrowetting with more than 1000 citations.

Tentative title of talk: Ion adsorption at mineral-electrolyte interfaces: from atomic scale AFM imaging to macroscopic wetting alteration

Prof. Lei Jiang, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Lei Jiang has studied and worked in many universities and institutes in both China and Japan. Since 1999 he has been a professor and a supervisor of Ph.D. students in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Jiang has received many honors and awards, including Humboldt Research Award (Germany, 2017) and Nikkei Asia Prize (Japan, 2016). Prof. Jiang has published over 500 papers, of which many are top quality like Nature and Science, and the works have been cited more than 53000 times with an H index of 114.

Tentative title of talk: Smart Interfacial Materials from Super-Wettability to Binary Cooperative Complementary Systems

Prof. David Quéré, PMMH, ESPCI, France

David Quéré received his M. Sc. and Ph. D from University of Paris V in 1985 and 1989, respectively. Currently, he is serving as professor in a Physics and Mechanics in the École Polytechnique in Paris, as well as a Director of Research in CNRS. He is among the world-leading researches of interfacial hydrodynamics, including many fundamental and applied topics such as dynamics of non-wetting surfaces, drop impacts, superhydrophobicity, liquid film deposition and calefaction (Leidenfrost) dynamics. He has published over 150 works on these topics, and given over 300 invited seminar talks and lectures.

Tentative title of talk: Leidenfrost wheels