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The winner of the inaugural EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award was announced at the 2018 EURADH Conference and at FEICA 2018.

Nine candidates sent in inspirational papers in innovative adhesion science, and the EURADH jury examined each one methodically for scientific impact, relevance, structure, preparation technology, theoretical description and practical application. Each work showed clear benefits to the circular economy, society and/or our industry. You can read a summary of each entry on the adhesion innovation award website (see link below).

The very first EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award was won by Dr René Hensel for his paper on ‘Composite pillars with a tunable interface for adhesion to rough substrates’. 

The jury agreed that Dr Hensel’s paper on gecko-inspired micropatterned dry adhesion was both very inspiring and topical. These adhesives promise reversible, non-destructive adhesion, which can enable novel biomedical applications such as wound closures and self-adhesive transplants, and also provide a new solution for innovative pick-and-place technologies in industrial automation and robotics.

Dr Hensel undertook his Ph.D. at the Max Bergmann Centre for Biomaterials at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany. Subsequently, he joined the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany, as a Post-Doc to develop new bioinspired design concepts for micropatterned adhesive surfaces.

The bi-annual EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award is a great opportunity for both EURADH and FEICA to foster ties between industrial and scientific activities and to raise awareness of the outstanding contribution our sector’s innovators make towards a circular economy and a better world. 

We are already looking forward to the entries for the next edition, which will be in 2020.

The next application submission period will start in September 2019. You can read more about the award here.