Past Events

LubISS Final Conference, 28-30 Sept. 2020

We organized an international conference on lubricant impregnated slippery surfaces from 28 to 30 September 2020, at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn, Germany. It was entitled Wetting Dynamics 2020.

Below you will find:
LubISS final conference flyer
LubISS final conference program

It brought together experts and young researchers from the fields of wetting and interfacial phenomena, mass and heat transfer, and multiphase flows to discuss the latest advancements, challenges and new perspectives. In particular, we reviewed the wetting dynamics of lubricated, adaptive, flexible, switchable or responsive surfaces. We discussed the underlying mechanisms of the interaction between wetting dynamics, heat and mass transfer. We talked about new advanced experimental and numerical techniques, which enable detailed investigations and control of the wetting dynamics of complex liquids. Based on this cutting-edge knowledge, we will explore and investigate new directions in the field.

This conference, which was originally planned as an on-site event, was turned into a hybrid event due to the 2019 coronavirus pandemic. 100 scientists participated: 57 people decided to travel and were welcomed in person in Bonn. The others 43 attended an all virtual conference.

Conference group picture
Conference customized mask

Virtual Progress Meeting, 11-13 May 2020

Our ITN network originally planned to organize a three-day progress meeting in Brussels beginning of 2020. It would have taken place in the Brussels office of the Max Planck Society. We would have used this opportunity to visit the European Parliament (Parlamentarium, the European Parliament Hemicycle, House of European History). Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic broke out and prevented us to re‐schedule another meeting in the next future. Therefore, we turned our Brussels meeting into our first “big-scale” virtual meeting.

It took place from 11 to 13 May 2020 as a Zoom meeting. As usual, the ESRs presented the advances made on their respective projects. They also attended a soft skills meeting on “Time management”.

Virtual Progress Meeting program

Progress meeting in Oxford, 23-27 September 2019

6th LubISS progress meeting took place in September 23-27, 2019 at the University of Oxford. ESRs presented their projects and discussed with the others. Dr. Michael Kappl from Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and Prof. Dirk Aarts from the University of Oxford gave scientific lectures.

The meeting hosted also a soft skill training on “The art of job application”, “How to write a fellowship application” and “Leadership in action”.

Heraeus seminar 2019, 11-13 April 2019

Wetting on soft or microstructured surfaces

Organizers of the 2019 Heraeus seminar (from left to right Prof. H.J Butt, Prof. J. Yeomanns, Prof. D. Vollmer)

Organizers of the 2019 Heraeus seminar (from left to right Prof. H.J Butt, Prof. J. Yeomanns, Prof. D. Vollmer)

Bad Honnef, 11 – 13 April 2019

The 694. WE Heraeus-Seminar on WETTING ON SOFT OR MICROSTRUCTURED SURFACES brought together experts and early stage researchers (PhD students and postdocs) interested in the understanding of the wetting of soft or microstructured surfaces. The participants discussed in depth the latest progress and current challenges in the characterization and modelling of such surfaces. In particular, the interplay of static and dynamic wetting properties with substrate topography and softness was deliberated.

We discussed:

  • How to understand contact angle hysteresis of drops on soft or microstructured surfaces.
  • How to tune contact angle hysteresis.
  • What determined the friction of droplets moving over soft or microstructured surfaces.
  • What kind of dissipation mechanism determined the motion of droplets.
  • How did contact line friction couple to the reorganisation of the contact line.
  • How did the motion of drops depend on the shape of the wetting ridge, the softness of the substrate or the viscosity of a lubricating film.
  • How did lubricant infused surfaces withstand shear stresses.



Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstraße 5
53604 Bad Honnef

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Group picture taken during the 2019 Heraeus seminar

Group picture taken during the 2019 Heraeus seminar

Progress meeting in Krefeld, 8-10 April 2019

Next progress meeting of LubISS network will be held in Krefeld on 8-10 April 2019. The project investigator Prof. Jochen Gutmann will host the whole group at DTNW (Deutschen Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West). ESRs will present the current status of their research projects and large space will be dedicated to promote discussion and further collaborations.

In addition to the progress meeting, ESRs will have the opportunity to participate to a joint outreach activity. They will take part to the workshop “How to make a scientific video”. It aims to familiarize all ESRs with video recording and video editing and the resulting video will be then finalized and exploited to disseminate the activities of the LubISS’ network in the Web.

Please find below the preliminary schedule:

4th LubISS Progress Meeting Krefeld

Mid-term meeting, 21 November 2018

The mid-term meeting is an assessment of all aspect (scientific, training, management, networking, etc.) described in the Grant Agreement (Annex I- Description of the Action). Besides of that, it will give the possibility to establish a constructive dialogue between the network participants and the REA Project Officer Caroline Peters.


Please find below the preliminary schedule:

Program of the mid-term meeting

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.


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 or download the following file: Public Transport (Mainz)



Please find here a list of possible accommodation in Mainz: Accommodation in Mainz



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”

LubISS school no. 1, 11-13 April 2018

Methods to fabricate, chemically modify and characterize LubISS

Mainz, 11 – 13 April 2018


This school will provide theoretical and practical knowledge on key fabrication, chemical modification and characterization techniques.

The school is going to start with an introduction in wetting and on lubricant impregnated surface.  An overview of the synthetic approaches for fabrication of LubISS will be given. Complementary lectures will be given on chemical modification by grafting from and grafting to techniques of polar and non-polar molecules, gels and polyelectrolytes. The theoretical knowledge of the synthetic approaches will be deepened by hands-on training on dip and spray coating, chemical modification of the surface by chemical vapour deposition of semifluorinated silanes or chemical binding of hydro- or organogels at surfaces. ESRs will be familiarized with different microscopic techniques (laser scanning confocal, interference, and video microscopy), contact angle and interfacial tension measurements, spectroscopic characterization techniques and (lateral) adhesion force measurements.

ITN LubISS – School program

Lab program


This school will take place in room 1.003 at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, in Mainz, Germany.
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Ackermannweg 10
D-55128 Mainz

Please note
This school is reserved for the members of the LubISS network. As a registered member of the Zsigmondy Colloquium 2018, you are welcome to attend the general session on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

European Colloid and Interface Science conference, 5-7 September 2017

The LubISS network is organizing together with the Collaborative Research Center 1194 and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN) “COWET” a wetting session during the European Colloid and Interface Science (ECIS) annual conference, which will take place from 3 – 8 September, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

The wetting session entitled “Wetting and Superhydrophobic Surfaces” will be held from 5 – 7 September, 2017.

The annual ECIS Conference is a major event for the colloid science community. The primary goal of this conference is to bring together all major disciplines of colloids and interfaces, enabling participants to exchange knowledge, communicate each other the results of their recent research, and to network with colleagues for new collaborations. The ECIS 2017 will cover fundamental and applied advances in the fields of interfaces, dispersed systems, wetting, complex fluids, micro-and nano-engineered materials, upconversion nanoparticles, ion specific effects, self-assembly of surfactants, polymers and proteins, and advances in theory and instrumentation.

LubISS kick-off meeting, 18-20 January 2017

LubISS kick-off meeting was held on 18 -20 January 2017, at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.

Below you can find pictures of the participants (from left to right):

Armelle Gas, David Quéré, Detlef Lohse, Doris Vollmer, Georg Dürr, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Jacco Snoeijer, Johanna Lahti, Julia Yeomans, Maria D’Acunzi, Petri Sorsa, Philipp Baumli, Stefan Seeger und Jochen Stefan Gutman.

Photographer: © Roland Bednarz

Please find here the Programm of the LubISS kick-off meeting.