Held at Université Laval,

Québec City, Québec, CANADA

 June 13-15, 2012




In his opening remarks at the first symposium in this series Professor Robert Good pointed out that Galileo in the 17th century was quite likely the first investigator to observe contact angle behavior with his experiment of floating a thin gold leaf on top of a water surface. Since that time contact angle measurements have found wide application as a method for determining the energetics of surfaces. This, in turn, has a profound effect on the wettability and adhesion of liquids and coatings to surfaces.

This symposium is concerned with both the fundamental and applied aspects of contact angle measurements. Issues such as the applicability and validity of various measurement techniques and the proper theoretical framework for the analysis of contact angle data are of prime concern.

In addition, a host of applications of the contact angle technique are explored including but not limited to: wettability of powders, fibers, wood products, paper, polymers and monolayers. Further focus is on the use of contact angle data in evaluating surface modification procedures, determining relevance of wettability to adhesion, the role of wettability in bioadhesion, ophthalmology, prosthesis and in the control of dust in mining and milling applications.


The primary focus of this symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion of cutting edge advancements in the field and to review and consolidate the accomplishments which have been achieved thus far.



Dr. Robert H. Lacombe

Regular mail:

           Conference Chairman

           3 Hammer Drive

          Hopewell Junction, NY 12533


FAX: 212-656-1016

Contact by phone: 845-897-1654; 845-227-7026

Full conference details and registration via the Internet will be maintained on our web site:


We are pleased to acknowledge the support of Université Laval and FPInnovations for their generous support and organizational efforts for this symposium.


Dr. Bernard Riedl

Department des Sciences du bois et de la Foret

Université Laval

Québec G1V 0A6, CANADA

Tel. 418-656-2437

FAX 418-656-5262


Dr. Pierre Blanchet


Chef De Groupe - Nanotechnologies Pour Les Produits du Bois

319, rue Franquet

Québec (QC) G1P 4R4, CANADA

Tel. 418 659-2647 poste 3331

FAX 418 659-2922


Dr. K .L. Mittal, Director

1983 Route 52, Suite C

P.O. Box 1280

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533-1280 USA

Tel. 845-897-1654

FAX: 845-897-2361


Dr. R. H. Lacombe

Conference Chairman

3 Hammer Drive

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533


Tel. 845-227-7026

FAX: 212-656-1016




While in Québec you can also plan to explore the many attractions of Québec City including whale watching at the Saguenay St Lawrence Marine Park. Complete details at:



8:05-8:35: Edward Bormashenko; Head of the Laboratory of Polymers, Ariel University Center of Samaria, P.O.B. 3, Ariel 40700, ISRAEL; Physics of Wetting Transitions (

8:35-9:05: Michael Nosonovsky; College of Engineering & Applied Science; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53211; Contact Angle Hysteresis and Wetting Transitions in Underwater Oleophobic Metallic Surfaces(

9:05-9:35: StÈphane Douezan, Randa Naouar, Silvie Dufour, Damien Cuvelier and Francoise Brochard-Wyart; Lab. PCC-UMR168, Institute Marie Curie, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05, FRANCE; Wetting Transition of Living Drops (

9:35-10:05: Rafael Tadmor; Dan F. Smith Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, P. O. Box 10053 Beaumont TX 77710; Approaches in Wetting Phenomena (

10:05-10:35: D. Seveno , J. Conti and J. De Coninck; Laboratory of Surface and Interfacial Physics, University of Mons, Place du Parc , 20, 7000 Mons, BELGIUM; Which Is the Best Wetting Theory?

10:35-1055: COFFEE BREAK

10:55-11:25: Ateeque Malani, Miguel Amat, Anilkumar Raghavanpillai, Ernest Wysong and Gregory Rutledge; Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Molecular Modeling of Three Phase Contact for Static and Dynamic Contact Angle Phenomena (

11:25-11:55: A. M. Emelyanenko and L. B. Boinovich; Russian Academy of Sciences, A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, 31 Leninsky prospect, 119991 Moscow, RUSSIA; The Analysis of Wettability as an Effective Tool to Study the Physico-chemical Processes at Interfaces (

12:25-1:30: LUNCH BREAK

11:55-12-25: Angela Duparré; Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics & Precision Engineering, Optical Systems Department, Head Surface Characterization Group, Albert-Einstein-Straße 7, D-07745 Jena, GERMANY; Assessment Criteria for (Super)hydrophobic Surfaces with Stochastic Roughness (


1:30-2:00: S. T. Picraux , Dongqing Yang , S. G. Choi , P. Aella , Antonio A. Garcia; Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545; Design of Nanowire Surfaces with Photo-induced Superhydrophilic to Superhydrophobic Switching (

2:00-2:30: Md. A. Rahman, and Anthony M Jacobi ; Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801; Wetting Anisotropy on Brass Surfaces With Parallel Microgrooves (

2:30-3:00: Masao Iwamatsu; Department of Physics, Tokyo City University, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8557, JAPAN; Heterogeneous Nucleation on a Completely Wettable Substrate (

3:00-3:30: Pierre Letellier and

Mireille Turmine; Laboratoire Interfaces et Systèmes Electrochimiques, CNRS, UPR15 LISE, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, Case 133, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, FRANCE; Bubble Wettability and Solubility: non Extensive Thermodynamics Approach (

3:30-4:00: Beatrice White, Zi-Jun Wang and Anne Kietzig; Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal; CANADA; Water Harvesting on Surfaces with Defined Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Patterns (

4:00-4:20: COFFEE BREAK

4:20-4:40: Ri Li and Yanguang Shan; School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, CANADA; Wetting of Contact Line on Textured Hydrophobic Surfaces (

4:40-5:00: Edward Bormashenko; Head of the Laboratory of Polymers, Ariel University Center of Samaria, P.O.B. 3, Ariel 40700, ISRAEL; Novel Investigations of Liquid Marbles (

5:00-5:20: Mikael Järn, Qian Xu and Mika Lindén; YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Drottning Kristinas väg 45, SE -114 86, Stockholm, SWEDEN; Wettability Studies of Selectively Functionalized Nanopatterned Surfaces (

5:20-5:40: Hong Zhao, Kock-Yee Law and Kyoo-Chul Park; Xerox Corporation, 800 Phillips Road, W147-59B, Webster, NY 14580; Effect of Surface Texturing on Repellency and Wetting Hysteresis of Superoleophobic Surfaces (

5:40-6:00: Edward Bormashenko and Roman Grynyov; Ariel University Center of Samaria, Physics Faculty, 40700, P.O.B. 3, Ariel, ISRAEL; Plasma Treatment Modification of Surfaces of Biological Objects (

6:00-6:20: Muhammad Osman and Roger A. Sauer; Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, GERMANY; Computational Aspects of Self-Cleaning Surface Mechanisms (

6:20-6:40: Chunlei Wang and Haiping Fang; Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jialuo Road 2019, Jiading Shanghai, Shanghai 201800, CHINA; Effect of Ordered/Disordered Water on the Wetting Behavior Based on Molecular Dynamics Simulation (


8:00-8:30: P.G. Rouxhet, M.J. Genet, J. Landoulsi, S. Fleith, V.G. Baldovino, F.A. Denis, S. Derclaye and Y. Adriaensen; Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud 1 / Box L7.04.01, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM; How Clean Is a Cleaned Surface? Contact Angle Measurements vs Surface Chemical Analysis (

8:30-9:00: Luca Mazzola; University "Roma Tre", Italy, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale, Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringDepartment, Via della Vasca Navale 79 - 00146Rome, ITALY; Determination of the SurfaceFree Energy at Nanoscale via Atomic ForceMicroscopy Without Altering the OriginalMorphology

9:00-9:30: Daryl R. Williams; Surfaces andParticle Engineering Laboratory, Department ofChemical Engineering, Imperial College London,South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ,U.K.; The Surface Energy of PharmaceuticalSolids- Its Importance in Solids Processing

9:30-10:00: A. A. Kafi and B. L. Fox; CompositeResearch Group, Centre for Materials and FibreInnovation, Deakin University Geelong Victoria3217, AUSTRALIA; Mapping the SurfaceProperties of PAN based Carbon Fibres

10:00-10:20: COFFEE BREAK

10:20-10:50: Athanassia Athanassiou, Francesca Villafiorita-Monteleone, Claudio Canale, Elisa Mele, Silvia Dante, P. Davide Cozzoli, Dario Pisignano, Despina Fragouli and Roberto Cingolani; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, ITALY; Polymers/TiO2 Nanorods Nanocomposites with UV-Enhanced Wettability for Novel Applications: from Microfluidic Systems to Selective Cell Growth (

10:50-11:20: I. Mira, A. Swerin, M.A. Javed, M. Järn and K. Johansson; YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry, P.O. Box 5607, SE-11486 Stockholm, SWEDEN; Surface Modifications at YKI for Improved Water and Ice Repellence (

11:20-11:50: Jin Gyu Kim, Ilbeom Choi and Dai Gil Lee; School of Mechanical Aerospace & Systems Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, ME3221, Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, REPUBLIC OF KOREA; Contact Angle and Wettability of Hybrid Surface Treated Metal Adherends (

11:50-12:20: Yu Zheng and

Dandina N. Rao; Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum, Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; Dependence of Wettability, Spreading and Adhesion on Brine Salinity and Composition in Gas-Condensate Reservoirs (

12:20-1:30: LUNCH BREAK


1:30-2:00: Andrei S. Zelenev; CESI Chemical, a Flotek Company, 8701 New Trails Dr., Suite110, The Woodlands, TX 77381; Characterization of Mineral Rocks from Oil and Gas Reservoirs with Respect to Their Wettability and Surface Free Energy (

2:00-2:20: Golrokh Heydari, Mikael Järn and Per M. Claesson; Department of Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, SWEDEN; Measurement of Contact Angle at Sub-zero Temperatures and Implication for Ice Formation (

2:20-2:40: Philseok Kim, Tak-Sing Wong, Jack Alvarenga, Michael J. Kreder and Joanna Aizenberg; Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Slippery Icephobic Coatings on Aluminum (

2:40-3:00: Jorge Lehr and Anne Kietzig; Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, CANADA; Adjustable Surface Wettability of Metallic Surfaces by Femtosecond Laser Irradiation

3:00-3:20: Chang Seon Bang, Jin Gyu Kim and Dai Gil Lee; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, ME3221, Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, REPUBLIC OF KOREA; Role of Contact Angle in the Performance Improvement of Adhesively Bonded Metal Joints at Cryogenic Temperatures (

3:20-3:40: Q.V. Bui, K.S. Kim and

S.B. Jung; School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, 300 Cheoncheon - Dong, Jangan - Gu, Suwon 440-746, KOREA; Wettability, Interfacial Reaction and Ball Shear Strength of Sn-1.0Ag-XCe Solders on ENEPIG Surface Finish (

3:40-4:00: COFFEE BREAK

4:00-4:20: Kwang-Seok Kim, Quoc Vu Bui, Yongil Kim, Yong-Ho Choa and Seung-Boo Jung; SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 440-746, Republic of KOREA; Contact Angle Analysys on the Printed Pattern Shapes Controlled by Viscosity of Cu Nanopaste (

4:20-4:40: Emil Chibowski,

Konrad Terpilowski and Lucyna Holysz; Department of Physical Chemistry-Interfacial Phenomena Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, 20-031 Lublin, POLAND; Effect of Relative Humidity on Contact Angle and its Hysteresis on Phospholipid DPPC Bilayer Deposited on Glass (

4:40-5:00: Miguel Gómez , Enric Bertran and Ricardo Molina; Chemical and Biomolecular Nanotechnology Department, Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona SPAIN; Hydrophilic–Oleophobic Coatings by Plasma Assisted Polymerization in Liquid Phase and Fluorosurfactant Complexation (

5:00-5:20: G.C. Pirlot, O. Debaisieux, A. Goeldel,A. Lacroix, B. Nysten and P. G. Rouxhet ; Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Université catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud 1 /Box L7.04.01, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM; Aluminum Adherence to Polypropylene FilmsUsed for Food Packaging : Input andLimitation of Contact Angle Measurements


8:00-8:30: Stefan Seeger; Universität Zürich, Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut,

Winterthurerstrasse 190. 8057 Zürich, SWITZERLAND; Wettability Behavior and Surface Characterization of Various Materials, Subtopic: Superhydrophobicity (

8:30-9:00: Athanassia Athanassiou, Athanasios Milionis, Luigi Martiradonna, George C. Anyfantis, Ilker S. Bayer and Despina Fragouli; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Via Morego 30, 16163, Genova, ITALY; Control of the Water Wettability and Adhesion on Micropillars Using Combined Geometrical and Chemical Surface Design (

9:00-9:30: L.B. Boinovich, and A.M. Emelyanenko; Russian Academy of Sciences, A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry,31 Leninsky prospect, 119991 Moscow, RUSSIA; The Mechanisms of Anti-icing Resistance of Superhydrophobic Surfaces (

9:30-10:00: Chang-Hwan Choi; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Ice Adhesion on Superhydrophobic Surfaces (

10:00-10:20: COFFEE BREAK

10:20-10:40: Wei Xu and Chang-Hwan Choi; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology; Is a Superhydrophobic Surface Really Slippery?: a New Criterion to Determine the Stickiness of Superhydrophobic Surfaces (

10:40-11:00: Peichun Amy Tsai; Complex Fluids Group , Dept. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Evaporation and Impact of Water Droplet on Superhydrophobic Surfaces (

11:00-11:30: Zong-Han Yang, Fan-Ching Chien, Chiung-Wen Kuo, Di-Yen Chue, and Peilin Chen; Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, 128, Section 2, Academia Road, Nankang, Taipei 115, TAIWAN; Interfacial Adhesion of Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Pillar-like Hierarchical Structures (

11:30-12:00: Thomas Bahners, Lutz Prager and Jochen S. Gutmann; Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West e.V., Adlerstr. 1, 47798 Krefeld, GERMANY; Super-hydrophilic Surfaces by Photo-induced Micro-Folding (

12:00-12:20: Luisa Coriand, Angela Duparré, and Andreas Tünnermann; Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 7, 07745 Jena, GERMANY; Investigation of Hydrophilic Optical Coatings with Anti-Fog Behavior (

12:20-1:30: LUNCH BREAK


1:30-1:50: Herbert P. Jennissen, Steffen Lüers and Markus Laub; Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, D-45122, Essen,GERMANY; Defining and Quantitating Superhydrophilicity (

1:50-2:20: B. Riedl , C. Anghel, P. Blanchet and V. Blanchard; Département Des Sciences du Bois et De La Forêt, Université Laval, Québec, QC, CANADA; Influence of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma on North-American Wood Surfaces (

2:20-2:40: Bouddah Poaty, Bernard Riedl , Pierre Blanchet Vincent Blanchard, and Luc Stafford; Centre de Recherche sur le Bois, Pavillon G.-H. Kruger, Université Laval, Québec (QC), G1V 0A6, CANADA; Improved Water-Repellency of Black Spruce Wood Surfaces after Treatment In Carbon Tetrafluoride Plasmas (

2:40-3:10: M. Petric, A. Kutnar, L. Rautkari, K. Laine and M. Hughes; University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Wood Science & Technology, Ljubljana, SLOVENIA; Dynamic Wettability Behaviour of Wood Modified by Surface Densification (

3:10-3:30: Luc Stafford; Department of Physics, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, CANADA; Grafting Dynamics of Hydrophobic Functional Groups on Wood Surfaces Using Atmospheric-Pressure, Organosilicon-containing Plasmas (

3:30-3:50: Fabio Tomczak and Bernard Riedl; Université Laval, Centre de Recherches sur le bois, Pavillon Gene-H.-Kruger, Quebec City, G1V0A6 QC, CANADA; ZnO Deposition on Wood by Plasma: the Effect on Wettability (

3:50-4:10: COFFEE BREAK

4:10-4:30: Fabio Tomczak and Bernard Riedl; Université Laval, Centre de Recherche sur le bois, Pavillon Gene-H.-Kruger, Quebec City, G1V0A6 QC, CANADA; Wettability of Canadian Woods (

4:30-4:50: Maziar Sedighi, Mikael Järn, Per M. Claesson, Magnus Wålinder and Agne Swerin; YKI, Ytkemiska Institutet AB/Institute for Surface Chemistry, Box 5607, SE-114 86 Stockholm, SWEDEN; Comparison of Different Methods for Studying Wood Wettability and Liquid Penetration (

4:50-5:20: Niklas Nordgren, Petra Nordqvist, Farideh Khabbaz, Eva Malmström and Malin Bergenstråhle-Wohlert; YKI Institute for Surface Chemistry, Drottning Kristinas väg 45, Box 5607, SE-114 86 Stockholm, SWEDEN; A Multiscale Approach to Evaluate Bio-Adhesives for Wood (