12 July 2019

Functional Surfaces: How Surfaces Control Our World

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SCI Materials Science Early Career Committee


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This event, follows on from the success of the group’s inaugural event held in 2017. It will consist of two keynote talks from leaders in the field of functional surfaces as well as talks from early career researchers. This event will be an opportunity for early career researchers to learn about all the fantastic research being done in the field as well as giving them a chance to network and develop professional skills in a relaxed atmosphere.

13.45 Registration
14:00 Keynote Lecture: Molecules on surfaces: from superfast computers to superclean cars 
Prof Sandrine Heutz, Imperial College London
ECR talks
15:00 SAINT: The Surface and Interface Toolkit
Helen Duncan
15:15 Unravelling design concepts behind the efficient, low-cost photocatalyst sheet Z-scheme water splitting architecture
Benjamin Moss
15:30 Probing reactions at functional material interfaces with Soft X-ray Spectroscopies
Robert Weatherup, presented by Christopher Sole 
15:45 Henkel Talk
16.00 Refreshment break

ECR talks
16.30 Patterned guiding cues for differentiation of neuronal cells
Jagoda Litowczenko
16:45 Tailoring the wettability of plastic using thermally embedded Al2O3 nanoparticles
Donald Hill
17:00   Influence of environmental conditions on surface morphology of poly(vinyl alcohol)-based formulations
Katarzyna Majerczak
17:15 Percolation networks of conductive polymers for on the go vapour sensing
Merel Lefferts
17.30 Keynote Lecture: Enhancing the functional complexity of bio-interface materials for biomedical applications
Prof Paula Mendes, University of Birmingham
18.30 Prizes and light refreshments

Venue and Contact

14/15 Belgrave Square

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Email: conferences@soci.org

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Additional Info

Call for Abstracts for Short Talks

Early career researchers wishing to give a short talk (15 minutes including questions) are encouraged to submit an abstract with a maximum of 300 words to conferences@soci.org by Friday 14 June 2019 with "Materials Science Early Career Forum - short talk abstract" in the subject line.

Call for Poster Abstracts

Early career researchers wishing to present a poster should submit an abstract with a maximum of 300 words to conferences@soci.org by Friday 14 June 2019 with "Materials Science Early Career Forum - poster abstract" in the subject line. Selected poster presenters will be given the opportunity to give a flash presentation (flash poster talks a maximum of 5 minutes).

Organising Committee

  • Arutyun Arutyunyan, University of Oxford
  • Shereen Aboarkaba, Synthomer
  • Isidro Cobo-Cardenete, Henkel
  • Mark Isaacs, UCL
  • Christopher Parlett, University of Manchester 
  • Chris Stubbs, SCI / University of Warwick