PhD defense ceremony Fotis Fraggelakis on Feb. 14th 2019

fotis.fraggelakisFotis Fraggelakis, an Early Stage Researcher (ESR), will be the first PhD-candidate from the Laser4Fun project to defend his PhD-thesis. The public defense ceremony will take place on February 14th , 2019 at 9:30 am, in The amphitheater of IOA, the Institute d’Optique d’Aquitaine (IOA) at the Rue François Mitterrand 33400 Talence (France). Supervised by dr. Inka Manek-Hönninger and dr. John Lopez of the University of Bordeaux, carried out most of his work at Alphanov under the supervision of dr. Rainer Kling of Alphanov, amongst others. Below is an English and French summary of the work and results of Fotis.

English summary

Current industrial markets demand highly value-added products offering new features at a low-cost. Among the most desired functionalities are, surface colouring and blackenning, anti-icing, anti-biofouling, wear reduction and anti-reflectivity. Functional textures found in nature indicate that those properties can be enable by textures in the micro and nanoscale. Laser surface processing holds a virtually endless potential in mimicking bio inspired textures by modifying surface morphology and chemistry. We investigate several techniques to achieve controlled laser structuring in the submicron regime such as polarization control and double pulse irradiation. Valuable data were provided both in the surface functionalization, in understanding and controlling of laser induced structuring and in upscaling a lab developed process. We believe that our results open the way for laser texturing exploitation in everyday applications exploiting up to date laser sources and positioning systems.

French summary

L’Industrie actuelle demande des produits à haute valeur ajoutée offrant des nouvelles fonctions à moindre coût telles que la coloration ou le noircissement de surface, la réduction des frottements, la génération de surface antiréflexion, antibactérienne, superhydrophobe ou anti-icing. Les surfaces fonctionnelles présentes dans la nature nous indiquent que ces propriétés uniques ne sont possibles par des texturations de surface à l’échelle micro et nanométrique adéquates. La technologie laser révolutionne le champ des possibles et permet de reproduire ces fonctions inspirées du monde du vivant en modifiant la morphologie et la chimie de surface. Nous avons étudié plusieurs techniques de texturation de surface par laser femtoseconde en jouant sur la polarisation et l’irradiation en double impulsion. Ces travaux de recherche apportent une contribution significative dans la compréhension des mécanismes et dans la capacité à produire de telles texturations sur des grandes surfaces

Annual Technical Board and Supervisory Board Meeting in Bari, Italy (2018)

The 2018 Technical Board (TB) meeting and Supervisory Board (SB) meeting of the Laser4Fun project took place on October 4 and 5 in Bari, Italy. The meeting was hosted by prof. Antonio Ancona of IFN-CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, Bari, Italy. The TB & SB discussed the progress of the project, results, management and reporting issues, as well as communication and dissemination topics. Also all Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) presented their progress and results to the SB. We were happy to conclude the project is well on track.

Technical Board (TB) meeting and Supervisory Board (SB) and all ESRs during the annual progress meeting in Bari, Italy.
Technical Board (TB) and Supervisory Board (SB) and all ESRs during the annual progress meeting in Bari, Italy.

Summer School on Laser Micro/Nanostructuring and Surface Tribology 2018

The 3rd Laser4Fun international Summer School took place from October 1st to 5th and was hosted by prof. Antonio Ancona of the IFN-CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie in Bari, Italy. The participants of the summer school were “fully-immersed” into the world of Laser Micro/Nanostructuring and Surface Tribology. Lectures and presentations by academic experts and of the participants alternated, with ample time for discussions. Topics included, but were not limited to:

  • Contact mechanics of elastic bodies, by dr. Ing. Carmine Putignano (Politecnico di Bari, Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management)
  • Universal lab-on-a-chip platform for complex, perfused 3D tissues generated by 3D printing – opportunities and perspectives for laser technology, by dr. Ing. Udo Klotzbach (Fraunhofer-Institut Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, Business Unit Manager Microtechnology)
  • Management of innovative project at Bosch: LST case study, by ing. Antonio Grimaldi and Ing. Renato Giannoccaro (Robert Bosch Group – Centro Studi Componenti per Veicoli s.p.a)
  • Cross Cultural Competences through cooperation and autonomy. Learning organization: higher education management and research administration, by dr.ssa Mariapia Circella (Physics Department, University of Bari)
  • Femtosecond laser micro-fabrication of polymeric lab-on-chip for advanced and mini-invasive diagnostics, by Udith K. Vadakkum Vadukkal (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Femtosecond laser bursts induced micro and nanostructuring on steel surface, by Giuseppe Giannuzzi (Università di Bari, Italy)
  • Contact mechanics of viscoelastic bodies, by prof. Ing. Giuseppe Carbone (PoliBa- Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management)
  • University of 21st century: threats and opportunities. Organizational chart: practical experiences, by dr.ssa Mariapia Circella (Physics Department, University of Bari)
Prticipants of the international School on Laser Micro/Nanostructuring and Surface Tribology 1st-5th October 2018, Bari, Italy
Prticipants of the international School on Laser Micro/Nanostructuring and Surface Tribology
1st-5th October 2018, Bari, Italy

Melissa Sikosana breaks the wall of bacteria related deaths

On September 25th, Melissa Sikosana (ESR), has been awarded 3rd place by a distinguished jury, for “breaking the wall of bacteria related deaths”, at the “Falling Walls Lab Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Event“. This event was organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the European Parliament and supported by the Falling Walls Foundation.

The Falling Walls Lab challenging inter-disclipinary platform that invites talent academics, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world to present breakthrough-research work, within 3 minutes, each to an audience of industry experts & decision makers.

Patricia Reilly, ‘Deputy Chief of Staff (or Deputy Chef de Cabinet) for EU Commissioner for Education Culture, Youth and Sport’ presented the award to Melissa.

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Jean-Michel Romano awarded for his paper at WCMNM2018

JMR_WCMNM2018_awardOn the 20th September 2018, the World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing took place in Portoroz, Slovenia. Jean-Michel Romano, an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the Laser4Fun project, was awarded of the Honorable Mention Paper Award for his contribution entitled “Towards large area submicron surface texturing by femtosecond laser irradiation of microparticle arrays”.

The award was presented by the scientific committee chair: Dr. Irene Fassi, National Research Council (CNR), Italy; Dr. Samuel Bigot, Cardiff University, UK; and Prof. Dr. Joško Valentinčič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

WCMNM2018 LogoWCMNM 2018 was jointly organised by the Multi Material Micro Manufacturing association (4M), the International Institution for Micro Manufacturing (I2M2) and the International Forum on Micro Manufacturing (IFMM).

Antonio García Girón and Jean-Michel Romano attended WCMNM 2018

JMR_at_WCMNM2018A delegation of the University of Birmingham participated in the 2nd World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing (WCMNM 2018) that took place on September 18-20, 2018 in Portoroz, Slovenia. WCMNM 2018 is a joint conference of the 13th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM), the Multi Material Micro Manufacture (4M), and the International Forum on Micro Manufacturing (IFMM). It was the opportunity for ESRs Antonio García Girón and Jean-Michel Romano to disseminate results of the Laser4Fun project to a large community of micromanufacturing experts, coming from Northamerica, Europe and Japan.

FoWCMNM2018 Logor more information:
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Vittorio Vercillo runner up of Best Speaker Award

Last 11th of September 140 people, among students, supervisors and management, gathered in the ZAL (Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung) facilities in Hamburg for the 11th edition of the Airbus PhD Day 2018. Vittorio Vercillo, an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the Laser4Fun project, was awarded of the Best Speaker Award, Runner Up, for his contribution “Laser micro-/nano-structuring to produce icephobic surfaces”. In the picture, Vittorio receives the award from Dr. Michael Schoenwetter, Airbus R&T Partnerships & Contracting.

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Vittorio Vercillo (left) receives the award from Dr. Michael Schoenwetter

Contribution to The Laser User magazine

AILU magazine coverSome research performed within the Laser4Fun consortium was advertised in the The Laser User magazine (Issue 89 Summer 2018). The “Focus on Research” section highlighted the work of the University of Birmingham on DLW applied to anti-wetting and anti-icing properties, performed in collaboration with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Airbus Group Innovation.

The Laser User magazine is edited quarterly by the Association of Lasers Users (AILU), the UK industrial/academic laser community.

To read the article: AILU Focus on Research