Slippery Surfaces - How nanoscience is changing our material world

1 March 2016

You are invited to a special guest lecture presented by Professor Joanna Aizenberg from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, USA.

Slippery Surfaces How nanoscience is changing our material world 6pm - 7.15pm

Tuesday 19 April 2016
Messel Lecture Theatre,
Sydney Nanoscience Hub University of Sydney

Discover how Professor Joanna Aizenberg's research is inspired by biology to design slippery surfaces that mimic those found in nature. Her novel nanostructured materials will have huge impacts in areas as diverse as medicine, construction, shipping industries, aircraft industries, uid handling and transportation, and optical sensing.

Inspired by the slippery surfaces of a pitcher plant, Professor Aizenberg and team have invented new technology to create self-healing, anti-fouling materials, called Slippery, Lubricant-Infused Porous Surfaces, or SLIPS. These novel nanostructured materials outperform state-of-the-art materials in their ability to resist ice and microbes sticking to surfaces, repel various simple and complex liquids, prevent marine fouling, or reduce drag.

The team have also worked out generalised design principles to make stable, shear-tolerant nanostructured SLIPS, as well as low-cost, scalable methods to manufacture these coatings on glass, ceramics, polymers, fabrics and metals.

This free public talk is in celebration of the launch of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the University of Sydney, which is discovering and harnessing new science at the nanoscale.


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About the speaker

Professor Joanna Aizenberg is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.

Professor Aizenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Masters in Science in Physical Chemistry from Moscow State University. She obtained her PhD in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

With a broad range of interests which include bio-nano surfaces, smart materials, crystal engineering and biooptics, Professor Aizenberg is the recipient of many awards and in 2015 received Harvard's most prestigious Ledlie Prize that is awarded for the most valuable contribution to science made by a Harvard Scientist.

She is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard University. She has served at the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and at the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. She served on the Advisory Board of Langmuir & Chemistry of Materials, on Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine, and is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Materials.