South Korea has seen in the last few weeks a steady decrease in new coronavirus cases that should mean that the country has passed the peak’ of the outbreak. We expect that everything will become normal before summer. However, we understand that many of our colleagues may still be concerned about the outbreak and need more time to decide about their participation in the NISE 2020 Conference. Therefore, we have now extended the abstract submission deadline by April 15th and the early-bird and regular registration deadlines by May 31st and June 15th, respectively.
We continue to closely monitor the developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact it will have on the upcoming NISE conference at Seoul, South Korea in August 10-12. As of this writing, the 2nd NISE conference is planned to take place as scheduled in Seoul, South Korea, August 10-12, 2020. As new information becomes available, or if our meeting plans change, we will inform you via email, social media, and on the NISE conference website. The registration fee will be fully refunded if the NISE 2020 Conference is cancelled due to the coronavirus as per AIS cancellation and refund policy. We appreciate your understanding and support. Should you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
The Second International Conference on Nature Inspired Surface Engineering (NISE 2020), following the first one (click here to see the detail of the past conference, NISE 2019), will be held at the Building 301 (New Engineering Building), Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea on August 10-12, 2020.
Nature, such as plants, insects, and marine animals, shows unique surface properties in their components (e.g., leaves, wings, eyes, legs, and skins) for multiple purposes, such as water-repellency, anti-adhesion, and anti-reflection. Such multifunctional surface properties are attributed to three-dimensional and hierarchical surface structures with modulated surface chemistry and mechanical pliability. Over the last couple of decades, we have witnessed a significant advancement in the fundamental understanding of surface and interfacial phenomena of such multifunctional surfaces as well as the design, fabrication, and applications of those coatings/surfaces/materials. The NISE conference provides a means of reporting and sharing the latest developments in the nature-inspired surface engineering, encompassing physics, chemistry, biology, material science, and various engineering disciplines. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA
Teri W. Odom is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that have resulted in plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color, flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit, and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity.
She is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Nano, Materials Horizons, ChemNanoMat, and Bioconjugate Chemistry. She was founding Associate Editor for Chemical Science (2009-2013), founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics (2013 – 2019), and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters. Odom’s Personal Story of Discovery was featured by ACS Publications.
Dr. Odom’s Keynote Title: Thin-skinned: how to design switchable, conformable, and three-dimensional surfaces
School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, South Korea
Piotr G. Jablonski is a Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University. He is an ecologist, with interests in a variety of topics in behavioral ecology, functional ecology, ethology, neuro-ethology, field-based ornithology and entomology. He has studied Biology at the University of Warsaw, Poland, graduated in ecology from Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), and followed his research while affiliated with the Institute of Ecology PAS, University of NY in Albany, University of Arizona in Tucson, Center for Tropical Ecology UCLA, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, Ewha University and Seoul National University. His multidisciplinary research often involves tight collaboration with non-ecologists and non-biologists. He is involved in collaborative research concerning micro- and nano-structural locomotory adaptations of animal surfaces.
Dr. Jablonski’s Keynote Title: Microstructures on the surface of semi-aquatic insects: discovering bio-diversity for bio-inspired engineering
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
Hans-Jürgen Butt studied physics in Hamburg and Göttingen, Germany. Then he went to the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1989 he went as a post-doc to Santa Barbara, California, using the newly developed atomic force microscope. From 1990-95 he spent as a researcher back in Germany at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics. In 1996 he became associate professor for physical chemistry at the University Mainz, three years later full professor at the University of Siegen. In 2002 he joined the Max-Planck-Institute of Polymer Research in Mainz as a director. His research focuses on experimental physics of soft matter interfaces.
He is currently the director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.
Dr. Butt’s Keynote Title: Nanostructuring surface to control wetting
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Department of Nature-Inspired Nanoconvergence Systems, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), South Korea
Presentation Title: Nature inspired micro/nanosurfaces and beyond ; meter-sized multifunctional glass
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA
Presentation Title: Broad-Spectrum Self-Disinfecting Polymer Surfaces: Preparing for Future Health Crises
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Presentation Title: Tuning Adhesion and Friction through Compliance: Lessons from Nature and Applications in Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London (UCL), UK
Presentation Title: Nature-inspired non-wetting surfaces: Progress towards functional trade-offs and robustness
NISE 2020 Exhibition Component will provide a unique platform to all leading manufacturers for launching their latest innovations and technologies. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stand and for details.
Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He acquired his BS (1995) and MS (1997) in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in Korea. He also earned his MS in Fluids, Thermal, and Chemical Processes from Brown University in 2002. Dr. Choi received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006, specializing in MEMS/Nanotechnology and minoring in Fluid Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering. You may contact Dr. Choi at email@example.com.
Dr. Ho-Young Kim is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University. He received his B.S. (1994) from Seoul National University, and M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (1999) from MIT all in mechanical engineering. He is Fellow of American Physical Society since 2017. Areas of his research interest include mechanics of soft matter, microscale interfacial flows, and biological fluid dynamics. You may contact Dr. Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dr. Zuankai Wang is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean (Internationalization & Industry Engagement) of College of Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, a founding member of Young Academy of Science of Hong Kong, a Fellow of International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE). His work on the invention of the most water repellent surface has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
Dr. Tak-Sing Wong is currently Associate Professor and the inaugural holder of Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wong conducted his postdoctoral research at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University from 2010 – 2012 (with Prof. Joanna Aizenberg). He received his Ph.D. degree in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA in 2009 (with Prof. Chih-Ming Ho), following his B.Eng. degree in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The conference will be held at the Bldg 301 (New Engineering Building), Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
AIS will issue a letter of invitation if you need a Visa.
C-3 Visa (Temporary visit)
For those who are going to stay for a short period of time (up to 90 days) for short-term study, tourism, transit, visiting relative, conference, culture, and art, common training, religious ceremony, collecting academicals datum or other similar reasons (The visit must be non-profit in nature), the documents are required:
● Application for visa
● Passport size photograph
● Invitation letter
● Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate of a respective education institute
Countries whose nationals hold a diplomatic, official or ordinary passport may enter Korea without a visa:
● Asia : Japan (90 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Macau (90 days), Taiwan (90 days), Brunei, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain (90 days) [12 countries]
● North America : United States of America (90days), Canada (6 months) [2 countries]
● South America : Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Guyana [6 countries]
● Europe : Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia (90 days),Vatican, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro [11 countries]
● Oceania : Australia (90 days), Guam, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Is., Solomon Is., Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga [13 countries]
● Africa : Republic of South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Egypt [5 countries]
Using Public Transportation
The city of Seoul has a very organized public transportation system and you may come and visit Seoul National University easily by using bus and subway.
From the Airport
The ‘Limousine bus’ is a convenient and inexpensive way to get to SNU Gwanak Campus from Incheon International Airport. Take airport limousine bus number 6017 or 6003. The bus 6017 comes directly from Incheon to SNU back gate (Hoam Faculty House) within 70 minutes. The bus 6003 comes to SNU main gate via Gimpo Airport, and it takes 110 minutes under normal traffic conditions. Service is available everyday from early morning to night time at Incheon International Airport with no charge for the baggage.
When using the subway to visit Seoul National University, take Aiport Express, get off at the Hongdae Station, and transfer to Subway Line No. 2 (Green Line). Then get off either at the Seoul National University Entrance Station or the Naksungdae Station. If you get off at the Seoul National University Entrance Station, exit through Exit 3 and take bus No. 5511 or 5513 to directly come to Bldg 301, the conference venue. If you get off at the Naksungdae Station, exit through Exit 4 and take bus No. 2 to directly come to Bldg 301. The building is the end of route of all the buses, hard to miss.
The taxi fare for coming to SNU Gwanak campus from Incheon International Airport is around 60,000 won depending on the traffic situation. By Deluxe Taxi (Mobeom Taxi), which offers kinder service, the approximate fare is 80,000 won.
Read more… campus shuttles, parking on campus, etc.
Seoul National University (SNU) is a national research university located in Seoul, South Korea. SNU is considered to be the most prestigious university in Korea. SNU was founded in 1946 as the first national university of Korea. The university has multiple campuses : the main campus in Gwanak and two additional campuses in Daehangno (Medical School and SNU Hospital) and Pyeongchang (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). The university comprises 15 Colleges, 1 Graduate School, and 11 Professional Schools. There are nearly 17,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students enrolled in degree programs. The university globally ranked 13th in terms of SCI Paper publications. According to data compiled by QS World University Rankings, the university is 36th in the world, 11th in Asia global standing.
Click here to to read about the history of SNU.
Located in the western part of the central region of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea, has been the center of the country throughout its long history from the prehistoric era to the present day. Introduction to Seoul by Seoul Metropolitan Government can be found at:
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