Rational Design of Adhesives and Interfacial Measurement Techniques

Dr. Samuel Pendergraph, KAMI & BiMaC Postdoctoral Researcher, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

29 May 2015 at 13:30

Location: JHE 342

The understanding of interfacial forces and adhesion is imperative for the successful implementation of any application where two or more surfaces are joined together. In order to accurately quantify these interactions, a comprehensive understanding of the surface forces, mechanical stiffness and the geometry of the adhesive joint are required. The first segment of this talk will discuss an example of combining all of these aspects to create cost effective, robust reversible adhesives. The second component will describe the use of new, smooth cellulosic materials to create model surfaces for contact mechanical testing. Application of these concepts enables the quantification of interfacial data that has previously been unobtainable.

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