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 (AIA 2018) was won by Dr René Hensel for his paper on ‘Composite pillars with a tunable interface for adhesion to rough substrates’.
The AIA 2020 Award Winner
For AIA 2020, 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 second EURADH/FEICA Adhesion Innovation Award (AIA 2020) was won by Dr Elisa Arikan for her paper on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of polymers - Surface characteristics and adhesion mechanism’.
The jury agreed that Dr Arikan’s paper was very important because it shows that adhesion is mainly determined by surface roughness and not by surface chemistry. This discovery will certianly be highly relevant for many applications and industries.
Dr Arikan was a Research Associate and PhD student at the Universität der Bundeswehr München. She obtained her PhD in July 2020 and is now Branch Manager of branch 310 'Surface Technology and Surface Analysis' at the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels & Lubricants (WIWeB). Her field of research and dissertation were on ‘Structural adhesive bonding of high performance thermoplastics’. See Press Release and article in CONNECT 41.
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 2023*. Dr Arikan was be a keynote speaker at EURADH 2021, which took place online from 11-14 October 2021. Dr Arikan will also speak at the FEICA 2022 conference, which will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from 14-16 Oct.
*Due to the COVID pandemic, the next edition of the AIA was moved to 2023 (AIA2023), with the application submission period being between November 2022 and March 2023. A winner will be announced in June 2023 and the Award presentation will take place at the EURADH and FEICA conferences, in September 2023.
See www.adhesionaward.org for more information.