C A L L F O R P A P E R S



FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CONTACT ANGLE, WETTABILITY AND ADHESION

Toronto, Canada, June 21 - 23, 2006

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 goal 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 will be 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 will be of prime concern. In addition, a host of applications of the contact angle technique will be explored including but not limited to: wettability of powders, fibers, wood products, papers, polymers and monolayers. Further focus will be 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 will be 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.
SYMPOSIUM TOPICS:



Factors Influencing Contact Angle Measurements:

  • Static and dynamic contact angles, effect of surface flaws and surface roughness on wetting.
  • Effect of pore size distribution
  • Effects of velocity and viscosity of liquid on solid-liquid interfacial behavior.
  • Interaction forces including: van der Waals, Acid-Base, Hydrogen bonding, ...etc


Wettability Behavior and Surface Characterization of Various Materials:

  • Contact angle interpretation and hysteresis.
  • Wettability of various material surfaces including but not limited to: wood, elastomers, silicon wafers, pharmaceutical powders, metals, polymers, paper, particles, fibers... etc.
  • Surface treatments to modify wettability behavior.


Wettability, Adhesion and Applied Aspects of Contact Angle Measurements:

  • Effect of surface energetics on adhesion.
  • Biological applications including protein and bacterial adhesion.
  • Fine particle adhesion and control of dust.
  • Other technological applications including: printing, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, textiles and paper.
This symposium is being organized under the direction of Dr. K. L. Mittal, Editor, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology by MST Conferences, LLC. A proceedings volume is planned for this symposium and further details will be provided in due course. Please notify the conference chairman of your intentions to present a paper as early as possible. An abstract of about 200 words should be sent by

January 15, 2006 to the conference chairman by any of the following methods:



E-mail: rhl@mstconf.com

FAX: 212-656-1016

Regular mail:



Dr. Robert H. Lacombe

Conference Chairman

3 Hammer Drive

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533



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





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