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Low-cost Surface Engineering of Materials 


August 11th Thursday 10:30AM PDT


CHBE Room 202, 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Often, we need the surface of a material to serve a different function from what its native properties allow. In this seminar, Dr. Jason Tavares will discuss how photo-initiated chemical vapour deposition (PICVD) and Dip-dip-dry (DDD) show promise as scalable processes to facilitate surface engineering, to meet the needs of various processes. Work at Polytechnique Montreal's PhotoSEL (photochemical surface engineering laboratory) has focused on adapting these methods to tailor the surface properties of metal surfaces, polymers and nanoparticles of various types at both small and large scales. We apply these techniques to modify a variety of surfaces finding use in agriculture, advanced materials, 3D printing, and water harvesting.


Introduction by Dr. Emily Cranston, UBC

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Jason Tavares, Polytechnique Montréal

Q&A / Discussion moderated by Dr. Emily Cranston, UBC


Jason Robert Tavares is a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and head of the PhotoSEL (Photochemical Surface Engineering Laboratory) at Polytechnique Montreal. He holds bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University (2005 & 2010), having specialized his studies in surface modification, plasma processing and particle dispersion. His research focuses on the low-cost synthesis and modification of surfaces through photochemical and solvent-based approaches. Beyond his expertise in surface and interface science, Prof. Tavares also has a strong background in industrial research and development, having worked in the private sector as a product development scientist for a local environmental engineering firm (PyroGenesis Canada, until 2011). His multidisciplinary track record is evidenced by 70+ publications in surface modification, water harvesting, emulsions, materials synthesis and process scale-up, as well as 2 awarded patents.

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