Innovations at Interfaces
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Interfacial interactions are ubiquitous in multiple industries including energy, water, agriculture, food processing, transportation, medical, and consumer packaging. In this talk, we show how surface/interface chemistry, morphology, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties can be engineered across multiple length scales for significant efficiency enhancements in a wide range of processes. Many novel concepts such as symmetry breaking and self-peeling in droplet hydrodynamics, tailoring interfacial friction for efficient product dispensing and eliminating waste in consumer, energy, medical and manufacturing sectors, coupling between charge transfer and hydrodynamics to reduce agricultural run-off, covalent grafting to enhance heat transfer and power cycle efficiency, and engineering charge transfer to alter multiphase flows for water harvesting will be discussed. Manufacturing and scale-up approaches, robust materials, and entrepreneurial efforts to translate these technologies into useful products and markets will also be discussed.