About the Workshop
This two-day international workshop is a part of the joint SPARC program between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India and University College London (UCL), UK, focusing on different methods for fabrication and exploitation of nanoengineered interfaces with micro/ nanoscale precise surface wettability patterns that could underpin a broad swath of applications in energy and healthcare. In this workshop, we are aiming at engaging a broad range of cross-cutting academic community and leading international experts working at the forefront of wettability and materials engineering, which has direct links to the wettability related scientific problems and their potential to usher in next generation of devices and systems in energy and healthcare applications, where wettability patterns are likely to feature prominently. Examples include, but are not limited to, engineering precise liquid motion on surfaces; controlling nucleation during phase change processes (e.g. in steam condensation, freezing, boiling etc.) that are inherent to nearly any energy application; engineering advanced elasto/plastic materials or multiphase fluidic systems for process engineering and life science applications; and controlling culturing of cells, drug delivery in surface bio-microfluidics systems, etc. Additionally, by engaging a number of early career researchers we will also aim at energizing next generation of interdisciplinary experts on these topics.