B45 Self healing/self cleaning materials

No. Symposium Organiser Co-Organiser
B45 Self healing/self cleaning materials Dr. Santiago J. Garcia,
TU Delft,
The Netherlands
S.J.GarciaEspallargas@tudelft.nl (S NULL.J NULL.GarciaEspallargas null@null tudelft NULL.nl) 
 Prof. Sybrand van der Zwaag
TU Delft
The Netherlands
S.vanderZwaag@tudelft.nl (S NULL.vanderZwaag null@null tudelft NULL.nl)   

 In the last decade, the new fields of self-healing and self-cleaning materials have attracted a lot of attention from research centers and specialized companies, leading to a continuous growth of the number of industrial applications, both concepts having in common their aim at extending the service lifetime of man-made products.

On the one hand, the self-healing concept aims at developing materials based on the concept of “damage management” as occurs in natural systems, where systems assume that damage is unavoidable and have designed mechanisms to heal damages (e.g. scars as mechanism to avoid bleeding). In engineering materials this concept is translated in many different approaches. On the other hand, self-cleaning surfaces aim at autonomously preventing the adhesion of unwanted particles, such as dust, bacteria and marine organisms, that otherwise should be removed by mechanical or chemical products. 

The aim of this symposium is to present some of the concepts developed so far in the field of self-healing and self-cleaning materials covering all kinds of materials: ceramic, metallic, polymeric, and hybrid. The symposium focuses both in the development of new structures and concepts as well as on gaining a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the concepts by mathematical modelling.