CCMX-MaP Technology Aperitif

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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)

Eric Dufresne
Eric Dufresne, Professor for Soft and Living Materials

"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."

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Time Programme Highlight
from 16.30
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.

Soft Interfaces at ETH  
Over 20 ETH groups are active in "Soft Interfaces" research in thematic focus areas spanning from health, information and communication technologies, to construction and advanced manufacturing.

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.

ETH Soft Interfaces Wordcloud  
Wordcloud generated from keywords of selected ETH research projects in "Soft Interfaces".

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
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