Nanostructured Surfaces and Coatings. Characterization, Applications & Challenges

Sunday May 12, 2013, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Washington, DC

Technology Focus

This course 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 course will include a review of bio-inspired surfaces from plants, waterfowls, insets and animals, and how we learn from nature.
A significant amount of time in this course will be devoted to man-made superhydrophobic and superoleophobic surfaces and coatings and their potential applications. The design parameters and fabrication methods for these surfaces will be reviewed. The merit and the design and manufacturing latitude of some of the methods will be discussed. The course will end with a conversation on the technical challenges and outlook for large area, large scale manufacturing of these surfaces.

Who Should Attend and How Will They Benefit?

This course 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 to decision making in strategic direction and R&D investment. 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.

Course Content - Topics will include:

  • Surface characterization and contact angle measurements
  • Wetting fundamentals
  • Bio inspired micro/nanostructured surfaces
  • Superhydrophobic surfaces and coatings
  • Superoleophobic surfaces and coatings
  • Overview of fabrication methods
  • Design parameters and latitude space
  • Applications of superhydrophobic and superoleophobic surfaces, e.g., self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-fouling, drag reduction, anti-corrosion, water purification, etc.
  • Challenges and outlook for large area, large scale manufacturing

Course Instructor

Kock-Yee Law

Dr. Kock-Yee Law is currently the Founder & CEO of Research and Innovative Solutions (, a global provider of technical advices and education services to the high-tech industry.  Dr. Law is an extremely prolific scientist.  He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed over 100 US patent applications of which >85 were granted.  He has been invited to speak in numerous professional society meetings and international conferences.  In August 2012, he joined the editorial board of a new journal “Surface Innovations” (ICE Publishing) and he is now guest editor for the special themed issue on Nanostructured Coatings, Surfaces and Films, which is due to release in 2Q 2013. Dr. Law has been active in the NSTI Nanotech Conferences.  He is currently co-organizer and chair for the Nanostructured Coatings, Surfaces and Membranes Symposium at Nanotech 2013 (

Prior to his second career at Research and Innovative Solutions, Dr. Law conducted research in many different fields in Xerox Webster. His latest interest is in Nanotechnology, particularly micro, nanostructured surfaces, and the phenomena of wetting, adhesion and self-cleaning.  He co-invented a self-cleaning polymer coating that is currently being implemented at Xerox.  Dr. Law is renowned for his work on superoleophobic surface design and was invited to contribute a review chapter entitled “Superoleophobic Surfaces: Surface Properties, Fabrication Methods and Potential Applications” in the upcoming third edition of the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which will be published by Taylor & Francis Group around mid-2013. Dr. Law has also worked with nanomaterials and nanocomposites and was famous for his work in organic photoconductors, electronic spectroscopy and charge transfer phenomena in the 1990’s.


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