School on “Wetting and modeling of lubricant impregnated surfaces”, 19-20 November 2018

LubISS school on “Wetting and modeling of lubricant impregnated surfaces” was held on 19 -20 November 2018, at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. Below you can find a group picture of the participants and a short description of the event.







Textured substrates infiltrated with a lubricant form a new class of functional surfaces, known as lubricant-infused slippery surfaces. They are promising candidates for low adhesive, anti-icing and anti-fouling surfaces.

To design durable slippery surfaces, a better understanding of the interplay between the physical and chemical interactions among the surface topography, the lubricating film and the droplet under static and flow conditions is essential. After an introduction on how to chemically modify surfaces, the basic concepts to model wetting of smooth, and rough surfaces will be introduced.

This includes advancing, receding contact angles, tilting angles, and lateral adhesion forces. The consequences of a lubricating film will be discussed, including the Neumann triangle, spreading coefficient, capillary forces and elastic forces. Different mechanisms of adhesion will be introduced. Analytical and numerical methods to describe adhesion are going to be presented, including mesoscopic (Lattice Boltzmann method) and macroscopic (scaling analysis and lubrication theory) approaches.



Prof. Jochen Gutmann Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Duisburg (Germany), 4 hours

“Introduction to surface modification”

Prof. David Quéré         Physics and Mechanics of Heterogeneous Media Laboratory, ESPCI (France), 4 hours

“Modeling wetting using scaling analysis”

Prof. Jacco Snoeijer      Physics of Fluids group, University of Twente (The Netherlands), 4 hours

“Lubrication and elastocapillarity”

Prof. Julia Yeomans      Department of Physics, University of Oxford (United Kingdom), 4 hours

“An introduction to the theory of wetting”and “Lattice Boltzmann simulations and their applications”



Please find below the schedule and the flyer of the school:

Program of the 2nd LubISS school

Flyer of the 2nd LubISS school


Travel information:

Please visit the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research page for travel information

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Public Transport (Mainz)


Please find here a list of possible accommodation in Mainz:

Accommodation in Mainz