Adhesion ’13: A Successful Conference

The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
3 Oct 2013


A very successful international conference on the science and technology of adhesion and adhesives was held at the National Science Learning Centre in York University from September 4 to 6 this year: Adhesion ’13 was the twelfth in a triennial series which started in 1980 at Durham University.

96 delegates from 22 countries from across the world [Europe, Africa, The Americas and Asia] were treated to fifty-five oral presentations in two plenary and fourteen parallel sessions. Topics covered were: adhesive materials; ageing; disbonding and abhesion; joint properties; mechanical properties; modelling; particle and rubber adhesion; pretreatment; surfaces, interfaces and joints; toughened adhesives and use of plasma.

The quality and appeal of the conference was considerably enhanced by presentations given by the two medal winners.

On the first morning of the conference, the prestigious de Bruyne Medal was presented to Dr Stephan Sprenger (pictured right) of Evonik Hanse GmbH, Germany by Matthew Cleaver Principal Chemist for Adhesives at Hexcel Composites at Duxford in the UK, who are the medal sponsors. Stephan, the seventh medal recipient, responded with a talk entitled: Tough-Enough?!

Stephan was awarded his PhD in Chemistry from Stuttgart University in 1992 and has been working in the field of epoxy modifiers, in Germany and the USA since that date: both as an R+D Chemist and as a Senior Manager. Currently he is the Senior Market Development Manager Composites and Lightweight Construction at Evonik Hanse GmbH in Germany.

The presentation of the Wake Medal, by SAA Chairman Jim Palmer, took place on the second day; Professor David Dillard (pictured right) was the very worthy recipient. He then gave the ninth Wake Memorial lecture, which was entitled: Interactions of growing cracks with locally weakened interfacial regions.

Dave was awarded his PhD in Engineering Mechanics by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1981 and returned there, in 1985, to take up a teaching and research role, which has continued until the present day. His expertise is in the area of failure and time dependence of polymeric materials. Although his work has spanned a variety of polymeric material systems, his special emphasis for many years has been on adhesives and sealants; for over six years, Dr Dillard served as the Director of the Center for Adhesive and Sealant Science at Virginia Tech: an interdisciplinary group of engineers, chemists, and material scientists. A major thrust of his work has been the development of appropriate test methods for evaluation of adhesive bonds, analysis and design procedures for adhesive joints, and studies of the durability of such systems when exposed to a variety of environmental conditions.

On the evening of Wednesday 4 September, a successful General Meeting of the SAA was held with no fewer than seventeen members in attendance. This event was followed by a very fine drinks reception sponsored by Lenton Furnaces of Hope, Nr Sheffield.

The excellent variety of topics presented in the sixteen oral sessions was augmented, on the Thursday afternoon, with a first-rate Poster session which comprised over twenty presentations covering an interesting and eclectic range of subjects. They provided a difficult challenge for the session chairmen who were charged with selecting the best Poster. Ultimately the award was made to the Poster from Imperial College, authored by IK Mohammed, MN Charalambides and AJ Kinloch and entitled: The modelling of the peeling behaviour of soft adhesives

The prize, a bottle of champagne, a copy of Adhesive Bonding – Science, technology and applications, signed by contributors and a second publication featuring the history of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, was presented to Idris Mohammed by the SAA Chairman, Jim Palmer, at the excellent conference dinner, which was enjoyed in the quite splendid surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall: a Grade 1 listed building and built between 1357 and 1361. The medieval guild served three functions in its day: business and social in the Great Hall where the meal and networking took place; charitable functions in the Undercroft, where our drinks reception was served; and religious functions in the Chapel: several younger delegates were to be seen on their knees!

Jim Palmer closed the conference at midday on the Friday; future conferences were confirmed as follows: Euradh 2014 will take place between 22 and 25 April 2014 at the Hotel Meliá, Alicante, Spain and WCARP V will be held between 07 and 10 September 2014 in Nara, Japan. Finally, Euradh 2016 will take place in September 2016 at a venue, to be announced, in the UK.


Photographs courtesy Malcolm Bowditch