CCMX-MaP Technology Aperitif
Technology aperitifs are designed to facilitate networking among researchers from academia, research institutes, and industry. The event features short presentations by experts from academia and Swiss industry, focusing on a selected materials-related topic.
"Soft Interfaces in Industry: Current Challenges and New Directions"
The first joint CCMX-MaP Technology Aperitif which took place on 27 October 2016, brought a young and dynamic Soft Matter community of over 120 participants to ETH Hönggerberg. Over 120 interested participants took the opportunity to discover and discuss current trends and frontiers in "Soft Interfaces" research in industry and academia. flyer invitation (PDF, 968 KB)
"Soft interfaces play important roles in diverse industries and are a vibrant topic of research. This event takes a broad view of soft interfaces, encompassing diverse topics from mechanics, materials science and biomedical engineering. From a mechanical perspective, soft interfaces show fascinating phenomena in wetting, adhesion, and friction. From a materials perspective, soft interfaces have unique structure and properties which can be manipulated by surface-active components. Soft interfaces play an essential role in biology, as living cells and tissues are made from a hierarchy of soft interfaces across scales. In the biomedical realm, the interface between engineering materials/devices and cells/tissues is a perennial challenge."
|17.00||Welcome & Introduction
Eric Dufresne, ETH Zurich
|17.05||Soft Interfaces - From Fundamentals to Applications
Heiko Wolf, IBM Research
|17.25||Bonding of Dissimilar Materials, Still a Challenge in the Adhesives Industry
Joerg-Alfred Vogelsang, Sika
|17.45||'Soft' Matters in Food
Martin Leser, Nestlé Research Center
|18.05||Challenges of Deep-Canal Extended Wear Hearing Instruments
Erdal Karamuk, Sonova
|18.25||Soft Interfaces at ETH
Eric Dufresne, ETH Soft and Living Materials
|18.45||Poster Session, Apéro & Networking
List of Posters (PDF, 292 KB)
|20.00||End of Aperitif|
Four experts from Swiss industry highlighted in their short presentations the relevance of tackling soft interfaces challenges in applications ranging from information technology and construction, to food and medical technologies. An overview presentation by the host and MaP member Eric Dufresne on "Soft Interfaces at ETH" revealed the diversity of topics covered in joint research efforts involving over 20 ETH groups active in this field.
Selected examples of ETH research projects in "Soft Interfaces" were presented in the poster session (list of posters (PDF, 292 KB)) during the networking apero.
CCMX Technology Aperitifs give participants the opportunity to
- Learn more about hot materials science topics in fields of interest to industry
- Stimulate creativity for future applications
- Create contacts for potential partnerships
- Network in a pleasant environment