INVITED SPEAKERS.

​MEET Dr. Thomas Willers

Dr. Thomas Willers received his Ph.D. from the University of Cologne in 2011, where he continued working as Post-Doctoral Fellow till September 2012. Since October 2012, he is a Head of Department of Application and Science at KRUSS Headquarters in Hamburg, HH, Germany. He has experience in physical and surface chemistry, as well as in solid state and material physics and experimental physics.

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​MEET Dr. Kock-Yee Law

Dr. Law is an extremely prolific scientist and inventor.  He has published more than 125 papers in peer-reviewed

 journals and filed over 140 US Patent Applications of which 116 of them have been granted  today.  His latest research has resulted in two authoritative reviews on superoleophobicity and superhydrophobicity, one research paper in redefining surface definitions, a new book entitled "Surface Wetting. Characterization, Contact Angle, and Fundamentals" published by Springer, and two new patent applications related to the application of self-cleaning technology in paints and fabrics.

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​MEET Dr. Raymond G. Sanedrin

A self-motivated science professional with excellent experiences in leading projects and teams that resulted in the accomplishment of numerous research goals and establishment of collaborative research studies. Expertise in micro/nano functional materials, chemical surface modification, nanoparticle synthesis and functionalization, protein-protein interactions, DNA hybridization, and protein-virus interactions.

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​MEET Dr. Prashant R.

Waghmare

Dr. Waghmare is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Prior to that, he was a Mitacs - Elevate Post Doctoral Fellow with an industrial postdoctoral fellowship program. He is also a recipient of Humboldt Research Fellowship award. Dr. Waghmare received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and his Master’s in Thermal and Fluids Engineering with High Honors (Gold Medal). His doctoral degree was in the field of capillarity and wetting. In 2018, Dr. Waghmare has successfully established a Surface Science Hub for Clean Technology (SSH-CT) at the University of Alberta and his core area of research is droplet dynamics and interfacial fluid dynamics. 

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​MEET Wilson Lee

As Director of Business Development for Enercon Industries Corporation, Wilson Lee uses his technical and business expertise to advance plasma and flame surface treating technologies for use in new applications and markets. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Clemson University. Over the last twelve years he has worked with a variety of surface modification technologies including plasma, flame, low pressure plasma, CO2 cleaning, Teflon dispersion, and plasma deposition for plastics and composite materials. Wilson holds two patents and introduced over 20 new plastic parts, assemblies and composites to OEMs. As an advocate of education, Wilson has conducted training seminars for engineers on plasma and flame surface treating technologies and applications. In addition, Wilson has spoken at numerous conferences and events about modern surface monitoring, surface testing, and bonding applications. The combination of his technical expertise and business acumen make him a great resource for businesses looking for insights on leveraging surface treating technology to improve surface adhesion of inks, adhesives, paints and coatings.

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​MEET Dr.Xuehua Zhang

Professor Xuehua Zhang completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. From 2014, Xuehua joined RMIT University in Melbourne as an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering. She was then appointed as a part-time Professor of Physics of Fluids Group at the University of Twente. From September 2017, she is a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta. Her research topics cover surface Nanobubbles and Nanodroplets, wetting, surface forces, spontaneous emulsification, Microextraction, self-assembly of colloids, evaporation, and dissolution of multicomponent droplets, and bubble dynamics in catalytic reactions.

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​MEET Dr. Aleksey Baldygin

A passionate scientist with over 10 years in the Research & Development environment, goal-oriented with experience leading multi-million dollar projects and helping companies make the world a bit better, Dr. Aleksey Baldygin acts as KRÜSS' Technical Consultant in Canada from coast to coast.

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MEET Mary Jane Walzak

Mary Jane joined Surface Science Western in 1989 with over 12 years previous experience in materials characterization and analysis.  She is a spectroscopist, specializing in FTIR and Raman spectroscopies with additional expertise in the surface analysis of polymers using XPS and Tof-SIMS.  In addition to spectroscopy, she also has experience with the determination of surface energy and surface tension.  This expertise complements her research interests in the gas phase modification of polymer surfaces to increase adhesion properties, the interactions of surface-active molecules with metallic surfaces, failure mechanisms of industrial polymers and the identification of corrosion products in steel and copper metals and alloys using Raman spectroscopy.  She has over 50 published papers in refereed journals and her work has led to two patents on “Plasma Assisted Grafting of Maleic Anhydride to Polyolefins” and on a “Method of Controllable Morphology of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Substrates”.  This experience and background is helpful in her frequent consultations with industry in the solution of manufacturing problems. 

 

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