Adhesion Innovation Award

The FEICA/EURADH Award for Innovative Adhesion Science

The FEICA/EURADH Award for Innovative Adhesion Science, which takes place every two years, aims to stimulate the interactions between industrial and scientific activities in adhesion science. 

Applications are invited from young researchers working in adhesion science who have published outstanding work. 

FEICA and EURADH (biannual European conference on adhesion and related phenomena) launched the inaugural Adhesion Innovation Award (AIA 2018) at the 2017 FEICA European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and EXPO. The 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’.

For the 2020 edition of the Award, ten candidates submitted 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 project demonstrated clear benefits to the circular economy, society and/or our industry. 

The AIA 2020 Award Winner 

The second EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award was won by Ms Elisa Arikan for her paper on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of polymers - Surface characteristics and adhesion mechanism’. 

The jury agreed that the impact of Ms Arikan’s paper on the mechanism for good adhesion on a polymer surface is highly relevant for a multitude of applications and industries and that her innovative and fundamental understanding of adhesion was particularly commendable.

Ms Arikan is a PhD student and Research associate at the Universität der Bundeswehr München (“University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich”) in cooperation with the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB) in Erding, Germany. Her field of research and dissertation are on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of high performance thermoplastics’. See Press Release.

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 2022, so watch this space!

The Adhesion Innovation Award Ceremony and winner presentation is set to take place at FEICA 2021 in Warsaw, Poland and EURADH 2021, in Antibes, France.

See for more information.