Symposium BM10—Bioinspired Interfacial Materials with Superwettability

Superwettability has made remarkable progress in recent years and furthermore is continually growing in a broad field. Since a series of efforts on the studying of extreme wettabilities, a mature superwettability system gradually evolved and has since become a vibrant area of active research, covering topics of superhydrophobicity/superhydrophilicity, superoleophobicity/superoleophilicity in gas or under liquid, superaerophobicity/superaerophilicity under liquid, and combinations of these states. The kinetic study of the superwettability system includes statics and dynamics, while the studied material structures range from traditional two-dimensional materials to three-dimensional, one-dimensional, and zero-dimensional materials. Furthermore, the wetting liquids range from water to oil, aqueous solutions, and ionic liquids, as well as liquid crystals and other types of liquids. The wetting conditions extend over a wide range of temperatures, pressures, and other external fields. With the development of this series of research, many new theories and functional interfacial materials have been fabricated, including self-cleaning textiles, oil/water separation systems, water collection systems, and energy storage systems, and some of these have already been applied in industry. Moreover, the study of superwettability has also introduced many new phenomena and principles to the field of interfacial chemistry that display its vast potential in both materials and chemistry. This proposed symposium intends to cover both the fundamental exploration of the synthesis, structure, and performance of superwettable materials, as well as their potential industrial applications.

Topics will include:

  • Superwettable materials
  • Superwettable biointerfaces
  • Fundamental theories on superwettability
  • Superwettability-related chemical reactions and surface patterns
  • Bioinspired surfaces with controlled adhesion
  • Energy and environmental superwettable materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)
  • Hans-Jürgen Butt (MPI, Germany)
  • Tao Deng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Masao Doi (Beihang University, China)
  • Stanislav Gorb (Kiel University, Germany)
  • Atsushi Hozumi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Lei Jiang (Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Chang-Jin "CJ" Kim (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Tong Lin (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Thomas McCarthy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
  • Phillip Messersmith (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Frieder Mugele (University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Dimos Poulikakos (ETH-Zurich, Switzerland)
  • David Quéré (ESPCI, France)
  • Stefan Seeger (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Yanlin Song (Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Anish Tuteja (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Evelyn Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Zuankai Wang (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Tak-Sing Wong (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Shutao Wang
Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Haeshin Lee
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry, The Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology,
Republic of Korea

Pavel Levkin
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Toxicology and Genetics and Institute of Organic Chemistry

Robin Ras
Aalto University School of Science
Department of Applied Physics

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