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The Third International Conference on Nature Inspired Surface Engineering (NISE 2024), following the second one (click here to see the details of the past conference, NISE 2022), will be held on November 20-22, 2024 at the University of Granada, Granada, Spain. NISE 2024 will be hosted by the Faculty of Sciences and co-organized by the Laboratory of Surface and Interface Physics of the Department of Applied Physics. 

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:

  • Fundamental understanding of surface and interface science and phenomena such as wetting, adhesion, adsorption, desorption, friction, (bio)tribology, wear, corrosion, biofouling, icing/deicing, phase changes, heat/energy transfer, electrochemistry, optics/photonics, etc.
  • Material processing and fabrication techniques for functional surfaces including novel techniques such as 3D printing and self-assembly
  • Surface modification and coating techniques for functional surfaces
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for surface engineering
  • Hydro-, aero, ice-, and oleo-phobic/philic surfaces
  • SLIPS (slippery liquid infused porous surfaces) and LIS (lubricant impregnated surfaces)
  • Stimuli-responsive and adaptive materials and surfaces
  • Self-healing/self-repairing materials and surfaces
  • Surface engineering in energy applications
  • Surface engineering in water-related applications
  • Surface engineering in biomedical applications
  • Surface engineering in optical and electrical applications
  • Surface engineering in industrial applications
  • Surface characterization and metrology
  • Novel phenomena and applications of engineered surfaces/coatings


Abstract Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024

Extended until May 15, 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 15, 2024

Regular Registration Deadline: September 15, 2024


Please download and use the abstract template (click here) in Word file. Please follow the format and instruction presented in the template. 

Please submit your abstract via AIS Conference Management Module (click here). You first need to sign up to create a user account (or just sign in if you already signed up and have an active user account) for the AIS Conference Management Module. When you sign up, you will see options at the end. Please choose “Author” as your role.

After you submit your abstract, you will receive a confirmation email from AIS. If you do not receive a confirmation email or if you have any difficulty in submitting your abstract, please feel free to contact AIS via email at [email protected].

If your abstract is accepted (the notification will be sent out via emails by the end of May), you can make payment for registration on the Payment and Registration Page (click here).

Abstracts will be published on the conference webpage in electronic format after the conference.


Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, University of Kiel, Germany

Stanislav Gorb is a group leader at the Zoological Institute of the University of Kiel, Germany. He received his PhD degree in zoology and entomology at the Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine. Gorb was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna, Austria, a research assistant at University of Jena, a group leader at the Max Planck Institutes for Developmental Biology in Tübingen and for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany.

Gorb’s research focuses on morphology, structure, biomechanics, and evolution of surface-related functional systems in animals and plants, as well as the development of biologically inspired technological surfaces and systems. He received the Schlossmann Award (1995), Science Award of the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science in Germany (2005), International Forum Design Gold Award (2011); Materialica “Best of” Award (2011), Transfer-Price of Schleswig-Holstein (2011) and was the BioFuture Competition winner for his works on biological attachment devices (1998). Gorb has authored three books; more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals; and four patents. He is corresponding member of Academy of the Science and Literature Mainz (since 2010), Germany and member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Germany (since 2011).

Learn more about Prof. Gorb

Dr. Gorb’s Keynote Title: From the fly foot to the snake skin: adhesive and frictional phenomena on animal surfaces (Click the title to download)

Dr. Elena P. Ivanova
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia

Elena P. Ivanova is Distinguished Professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (Melbourne). Elena received her Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Ukraine, Doctor of Science from the Pacific Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Russian Federation, Juris Doctorate from the University of Melbourne and Graduate Diploma from the Law Institute, Victoria. 

Professor Ivanova has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (Japan), Visiting Researcher at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland (USA), Visiting Professor at Hokkaido University (Japan), Cambridge University (UK) and the Institut Charles, Sadron, CNRS (France). She joined Swinburne University of Technology, Australia in 2001, and moved to Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2018. 

Professor Ivanova has been the recipient of AIST and JSPS Fellowships (Japan), a UNESCO Biotechnology Fellowship, a Research Excellence Award from the Governor of Primorye (Russia), the Prominent Young Doctor of Science Award from the Russian Federation, the Morrison Rogosa Award from the American Society for Microbiology (USA), a recipient of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. 

Elena’s research is concentrated in the fundamental and applied fields of nanobiotechnology, with a focus on the design, fabrication and operation of planar micro-devices; immobilization of bio-molecules and micro-organisms in micro/nano/environments, bacterial interactions with macro/micro/nano-structured surfaces, biomaterials, biomimetic antimicrobial surfaces.

Dr. Ivanova’s Keynote Title:Shedding light on the interfaces of biomimetic nanostructured surfaces. (Click the title to download)

Dr. David Quéré

David Quéré obtained a Ph.D. from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris and continued with a CNRS position, which successively lead him to the Physics Labs at Collège de France (until 2006) and to the Laboratoire de Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes at ESPCI (since). In 2006, he also became a Professor at École Polytechnique (Departments of Physics and Mechanics). He is engaged in experimental research in Soft Matter Physics and Fluid Mechanics, with a strong interest in interfacial hydrodynamics (drops, films, bubbles, coating, wicking) as well as in aerodynamics, morphogenesis and biomimetics, all topics on which he coworked with about 35 PhD students. He is an associate editor at Physical Review Fluids and received the 2014 Silver Medal of CNRS and the 2021 Fluid Dynamics Prize at APS.

Registration and Conference Fees

Registrations fees do not cover accommodation or food. Participants have to arrange their own accommodation and meals. 

However, tea, coffee and cookies will be served throughout the conference.


Early Bird: 400 USD



Early Bird: 600 USD



The program schedule will be updated soon!


NISE 2024 Exhibition Component will provide a unique platform to all leading manufacturers for launching their latest innovations and technologies. Contact us at [email protected] to book your stand and for details.


The list will be updated soon!


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 protected].


Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Department of Applied Physics-Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, Spain

Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, Spain

Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, Spain

Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, Spain


Dr. Anne-Marie Kietzig is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University, Canada. She teaches and carries out research at the Department of Chemical Engineering and acts as Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the Faculty of Engineering. She did her undergraduate studies of Chemical Engineering and Economy Studies at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, where she graduated in 2006. She then earned her Ph.D. at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2010. Her research program focuses on biomimetic surface engineering and is built on two fundamental pillars: one being laser-material and the other being liquid-solid interactions. You may contact Dr. Kietzig at [email protected].


Dr. Adya Karthikeyan joined the chemical and biological engineering department at uOttawa in September 2023. Her research vision is to democratize surface engineering (of different materials) on an industrial scale to reduce the carbon footprint of the manufacturing sector by enhancing process efficiency and cycling materials from cradle back to cradle.

Her expertise in surface engineering, energy transport, and biodegradable polymers was obtained through her Ph.D. (at McGill University) and postdoctoral fellowship (at Polytechnique, Montreal). This expertise is compounded by 8 years of industrial experience- 5 years as a nuclear power plant commissioning/ operation engineer (before Ph.D.) and 3 years as a materials expert in a global managerial position at Saint-Gobain (post-Ph.D.).


(in alphabetical order by last name)

Dr. Cornelia Palivan

University of Basel, Switzerland

Presentation Title: Functional surfaces by combining soft membranes with catalytic nanocapsules and biomolecules

Bayerisches Polymerinstitut, Universität Bayreuth, Germany

Presentation Title: Functional Polymer Biointerfaces for Biosensors.

Dr. Sushant Anand

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago, USA

Presentation Title: Cold Truths: Exploring Ice Formation and Adhesion on Surfaces

Dr. Jonathan Boreyko

Virginia Tech, USA

Presentation Title: Plant-Inspired Water Harvesting

Dr. Pierre Colinet

Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Presentation Title: Enhanced Spreading on Superhydrophilic Textured Substrates

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala

School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron, USA

Presentation Title: Role of Water in Underwater Adhesion

Dr. Zhichao Dong

Technical Institute of Physical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Presentation Title: Biomimetic materials for liquid overflow control

Dr. Syuji Fujii

Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan

Presentation Title: Biomimetic materials based on particles adsorbed at air-water interface

College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, China

Presentation Title: Bio-Inspired Multi-Scale Pores and Channels System

Dr. Kuniharu IJIRO

Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Presentation Title: Stimuli-responsive Plasmonic Nanostructure for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering

Dr. Kaare H. Jensen

Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Presentation Title: Fluid-structure interactions in plant vascular flows

Dr. Sunghwan Jung

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering,
Cornell University, USA

Presentation Title: Drop impact on biological and bio-inspired surfaces

Dr. Guojun Liu

Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Canada

Presentation Title: Transparent and Wear-Resistant Coatings for Self Cleaning and Ice Shedding

Dr. Constantine Megaridis

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Presentation Title: Surface Wettability Engineering: From Microfluidics to Thermal Management of Electronics

Dr. Sushanta Mitra

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, Canada

Presentation Title: Magic at Interfaces

Dr. Daniel Ruiz

Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia, Spain

Presentation Title: TBA

Dr. Anish Tuteja

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, USA

Presentation Title: Novel Ice-Shedding Surfaces

Dr. Nicolas Vogel

Institute of Particle Technology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Presentation Title: Colloidal self-assembly as a tool to create functional surface patterns

University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Presentation Title: Growth and function of optical materials of insects

Dr. Gi-Ra Yi

Department of Chemical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea

Presentation Title: Biodegradable Nanoparticles as Biomedical


School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Swansea University, UK

Dr. Ana Borras

Materials Science Institute of Seville, Spain

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Jiyun Kim

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UNIST, S. Korea

Dr. Hyunjoo Jenny LEE

School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST, South Korea

Department of Nature-Inspired Nanoconvergence Systems, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), South Korea


School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Australia

Bayerisches Polymerinstitut, Universität Bayreuth, Germany

Dr. Carlo Antonini

Department of Materials Science, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

IIT Central Research Labs Genova, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, Ariel University, Israel

Jaime Colchero

Deparment of Physics, Universidad de Murcia, Spain


Mechanical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, USA

Dr. Sajan Daniel George

Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Riga Technical University, Latvia

College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, China

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nagoya, Japan

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, USA

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, S. Korea

University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Greece

Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, South Korea

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, S. Korea

Department of Physics, Durham University, UK

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, South Korea

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China

School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Youngsuk Nam

Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, South Korea

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, Canada

School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, USA

Dr. Jungki Ryu

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST, Korea

Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA

Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, USA

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London (UCL), UK

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Department of Mechanical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Wettability Science & Technology

Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Sanghyuk Wooh

School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Chung-Ang University, South Korea

Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, S. Korea

School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Co-Host Institution

Laboratory of Surface and Interface Physics, University of Granada


Three “Best Presentation Awards” for young investigators (Ph.D. students) in the amount of 200 USD are sponsored by the below journals.

These awards will be presented to the best oral and poster presenters during the closing ceremony on August 19th.


If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]. You may also contact conference chair Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi at [email protected].

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