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Special Interest Group Meeting : Structured & Freeform Surfaces
27th – 29th November 2018

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Special Interest Group Meeting: Structured & Freeform Surfaces
27th – 29th November 2018, École Normale Supérieure
Paris-Saclay, Cachan, FR

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Structured and Freeform Surfaces play an increasingly important role in many technology advancements ranging from optics to biomedical and energy applications. The functional characteristics of such surfaces supersede those of “traditional” surfaces, thus opening research and development avenues and new challenges for their specification, fabrication, measurement and verification.

The next euspen Special Interest Group (SIG) on Structured and Freeform Surfaces meeting will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government agencies to discuss state-of-the-art practice, and key research and development in the area of precision engineering associated with structured and freeform surfaces. The meeting includes keynote presentations, oral sessions, posters and training seminars covering the newest developments and research on structured and freeform surfaces.

The local hosts and organizing committee for the Special Interest Group meeting on Structured Freeform Surfaces are :- Prof Nabil Anwer and Dr Charyar Mehdi-Souzani from ENS Cachan; Dr Hichem Nouira from LNE; Prof Richard Leach from University of Nottingham;  Dr Ludger Koenders from PTB and Prof Guido Todello from DTU

The Structured Freeform Surfaces meeting chair is Prof Richard Leach from University of Nottingham

A special focus will be given to research fields in the following topics:

Replication Techniques

  • Surface functionalisation
  • Replication processes (moulding, imprinting, embossing, …)
  • 3D micro-additive manufacturing technologies
  • Replication assessment and tolerance verification

Structured Surfaces to Affect Function

  • Structured surfaces characterization, combining structured and freeform geometries
  • Functionality and structure (tribology, biology, …)
  • Manufacturing and measurement (in-line, in-situ), process control
  • Dimensional metrology for structured surfaces

Precision Freeform Surfaces 

  • Freeform surface characterisation
  • Functionality and topography (optics, aeronautics, …)
  • Manufacturing and measurement (in-line, in-situ), process control
  • Dimensional metrology for freeform surfaces

A special focus will be given to research fields in the following topics:

Large-Scale Surface Structuring

  • Microstructures on large-scale surfaces (rigid and non-rigid)
  • Roll-to-roll patterning and structuring
  • Manufacturing and measurement (in-line, in-situ), process control
  • Dimensional metrology for large-scale surfaces

Surfaces for Nano-manufacturing and Metrology 

  • Nano-structured and functionalised surface characterisation
  • Nano-manufacturing processes (substractive, additive, formative)
  • Measurement and evaluation of nano-structured surfaces
  • Dimensional metrology at of nanoscale surfaces and structures

Exhibitor and Supporters

Polytec France, an innovative provider of high-tech electro-optical solutions, will be exhibiting their range of products and services.

Cranfield Precision is a Specialist High Precision Machine Tool Manufacturer. Our strength lies in our ability to combine the inter-disciplinary skills of mechanical, electronic and software engineering to solve advanced manufacturing problems.

Innolite – Driving Productivity in Ultra Precision Technology – Your leading edge partner in optical mold making and supplier of latest ultra precision machine technology equipment enabling tomorrows polymer and metal optical solutions.

Key Dates:

1st March 2018
Call for short abstracts

25th June 2018
Delegate registration open

27th July 2018
Online abstract submission deadline

31st  August 2018
Notification of presentation award (oral/poster)

Registration Fees

All fees include networking dinner

  • €395.00+VAT euspen Member
  • €195.00+VAT Students Fees
  • €495.00+VAT Non-euspen members
  • €595.00+VAT Supporter (table top)
  • €165.00+VAT Tutorials

Meeting Keynotes & SOTAs

Professor Feng Zhou Fang has over 30 years’ experience in working in manufacturing science and technology. He was responsible for setting up the Centre of Micro/nano Manufacturing Technology (MNMT) at Tianjin University in 2005. MNMT has been recognised as a leading manufacturing research organization in the world. He has managed a large number of national, international, and industry funded research projects. His specialist areas of interest include micro/nano manufacturing, optical freeform manufacturing, medical device/implants manufacturing, ultra-precision manufacturing and metrology.

Tobias Binkele is a PhD student at the University of Bremen and the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. Before he started with his PhD work he received his Bachelor degree in the international course of Engineering and Applied Physics and his Master degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. His PhD work is focused on the non-contact gradient based measurement of freeform surfaces.

Prof Maxence Bigerelle,  Université de Valenciennes, France

PD. Dr.-Ing Matthias Worgull received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 and became associate professor (Privatdozent) in 2010 at KIT Expertise and coaching domains: Physical behavior on thermoplastic, biodegradable and functional Polymers (Lectures at KIT) and Structuring by Replication with the focus on Hot embossing, Nanoimprint and Roll-to-Roll structuring. Author of Book “Hot embossing – Theory of microreplication” – Elsevier 2009 Collaborative Research Track Record: Matthias was involved in various EU-funded collaborative research projects (4M, COTECH, EUMINAFAB)

Further he’s one of the responsible scientists in ACTMOST and ACTPHAST projects dealing with polymers and surface structuring. He is also head of the replication cluster of hot embossing and nanoimprint at the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) of KIT.

Track Record: Matthias is involved in the development of so-called “smart” surfaces for optical applications, e.g. tuning of optical systems and 3D structures on large scale for optical systems. The focus is set to large scale patterning using shape memory polymers and modified replication technologies. Beyond thermoplastic polymers and biodegradable materials the structuring of glass and low temperature metals is investigated and performed. Matthias is also involved in research projects of light guidance of OLEDS and the increase of the performance of PV-modules using biomimetic surfaces. Technology Platforms: Surface structuring by hot embossing and nanoimprint, tool fabrication Application Domains: Optical surfaces, polymer-based photonic components Key-words: Hot Embossing, Nanoimprint, Roll-to-Roll, Optical Gratings, Micro Lenses, Biomimetics

Dr. Michael Schulz was awarded the Diploma in physics in 1983 and the doctor’s degree in natural sciences in 1988 by the University of Paderborn, Germany. Since 1990, he has been working at the PTB in the field of transfer function measurement technique for classical systems like lenses and innovative electronic still picture cameras, wavefront aberration measurements, ultra-precise optical measurements including flatness of high-quality flats. He is head of the form- and wavefront metrology working group of PTB. He was coordinator of the European project “Optical and tactile metrology for absolute form characterisation”. His current focus is on optical high accuracy asphere and freeform measurement.

Submit an abstract for Structured & Freeform Surfaces 2018

We are delighted to bring together leading expertise globally to an open forum for
focused presentations and discussions on Structured and Freeform Surfaces

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Submission deadline: 12th July 2018

Poster Submissions open until 3rd November 2019

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