Applied Surface Chemistry

Research in Surface and Nano Engineering

Control of interfacial properties via physico-chemical processes such as wetting, adsorption, surface interactions, adhesion and friction is of paramount importance in wide range of industrial processes related to product formulation, surface coatings, nano technology and bio interfaces. The research is primarily motivated on the application of fundamental surface chemical principles to industrial benefits.

Background research
Background research in the Surface and Nano Engineering Group focuses on two issues
(a) fundamental surface chemical issues related to wetting, adsorption, adhesion and friction of ultra-thin polymer layers and
(b) Development of novel macromolecular synthetic tools for surface chemical modification for planar surfaces and nanomaterials.

Applied research Projects

On-going projects

  • Dual purpose surface coating technology for heat exchangers to prevent scale formation in hard water and to prevent biofilm formation under non-sterile conditions (Funding agency: The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation)
  • Understanding scaling process through in-situ surface analytical measurements
  • Non-toxic, biocompatible surface coatings to enhance selective adhesion of mammalian cells for biomedical applications (Funding agency: Innovation Fund Denmark, in close collaboration with Morten Foss PhD, inano)
  • Measuring frictional force of biofilm on polymer brushes.

Past projects (2010-13)

  • Nanotechnology Coatings for Anti-icing applications (Funding agency: Nordic research Council, in collaboration with other Nordic countries).

Opportunities
Several exciting masters/ bachelors/ case study projects are currently available in our group within surface chemistry. Students with background in Polymer chemistry, Physical chemistry, Organic chemistry, Nano science and Chemical engineering are encouraged to contact Joseph Iruthayaraj directly.