School of Surface Modification

Materials surface modification, including polymers, films, fibers, and particles, have been significantly considered by lots of researchers. Surface modification methods have gained importance and accounted for more than half of the global scientific production dealing with polymers and polymer modifications. Surfaces of materials are frequently treated with functional groups to improve barrier properties, wettability, sealability, printability, dye sorption, anti-glazing properties, adhesion to other materials, or interaction with a biological environment while maintaining the material’s desirable bulk properties. These surface-treated materials are used widely in microfluidics, textiles, biomedical applications, electronics, water treatment, and energy industries.

For instance, surface-treated polymers are employed to reduce membrane fouling in water-harvesting and filtration systems. Polymers with higher hydrophilicity can be used in oil-water separation and as an antifouling medium in oil and gas filtration units. To regulate doping, air-stable p–n–p graphene junctions were made in electronics using polymers containing aliphatic amine groups. For assessing barrier performance in OPVs, P3HT thin films were surface treated with plasma for surface cleaning and improved graphene adherence. Surface treatment of polymers is important in biomedical applications because it allows for targeted synchronized medication release and improved biocompatibility without impairing the polymer’s bulk properties. 

Surface treatment of polymers has also demonstrated excellent antibacterial and cytotoxic characteristics, allowing for bioengineering applications. In reconstructive medicine, surface modulated biomaterials have been employed to increase functioning, absorption, and the attachment of bioactive substances to surfaces.

The main topics that will cover in this winter school include the surface modification of materials in the following applications:

  • Fibers and textiles
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Energy and water harvesting
  • Electronics

School Supervisors

Prof. Mohammad Karimi

Faculty of Textile Engineering

Department of Textile Chemistry & Fiber Sciences (See more)                                                         


Dr. Somayeh Akbari

 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Textile Engineering

Department of Textile Chemistry & Fiber Sciences (See more)


This winter school aims to provide webinars and online workshops on a range of surface modification technologies in various applications. Our team approach is to introduce undergraduate and graduate students and all interested people, regardless of nationality, to the most recent findings and scientific research in surface modification by obtaining an online platform and gathering the researchers all around the world.