28 – 30 September 2020

Bonn, Germany

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Wetting Dynamics App

This conference aims at bringing together experts and young researchers from the fields of wetting and interfacial phenomena, mass and heat transfer, and multiphase flows to discuss the latest advancements, challenges and new perspectives. In particular, we will discuss the wetting dynamics of lubricated, adaptive, flexible, switchable or responsive surfaces. Many surfaces adapt to the presence of a drop and reversibly or irreversibly change their properties. On lubricated or soft surfaces, drops deform the surface, which results in the formation of a wetting ridge. The deformation or adaption of the surface influences the viscous dissipation in the drop and the substrate – and hence drop motion. Wetting and dewetting processes can also go hand in hand with heat and mass transport, e.g. in condensation, evaporation or boiling. We will discuss the underlying mechanisms of the interaction between wetting dynamics, heat and mass transfer. New advanced experimental and numerical techniques enable detailed investigations and control of the wetting dynamics of complex liquids. Based on this cutting-edge knowledge, we will explore and discuss new directions in the field.


The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic has caused many events around the world to be cancelled or postponed. Although a normal life could not yet be resumed, we are still staging the Wetting Dynamics 2020 conference as originally planned. However, it will take place as a hybrid event. For the people who decided to travel, we look forward seeing you in person in Bonn. For the others who cannot attend in person, we organized a virtual conference. We will send the link to those of you who registered on September 24.

Dear Participants of the Wetting Dynamics 2020 conference,
We would like to thank you all for attending and contributing to the workshop on “Wetting Dynamics” and staying with us, while we tested the Hybrid concept of such a meeting. Except for a few up-start problems, we were very pleased with the result. We thank you all for your patience and support in all these matters.
We would like to thank again all the speakers for their excellent speeches and all other contributors.
We would especially like to thank the Gustav Stresemann Institute for their support on site and for making our stay in Bonn so enjoyable.
Looking forward to meeting you again.

Group picture of the Wetting Dynamics 2020 conference

Here you can download the conference program as a pdf file.


  • Wetting dynamics of lubricated, flexible, adaptive, switchable or responsive surfaces
  • Mass and heat transport during wetting and dewetting
  • Multiphase flow and wetting
  • Development of new techniques


Registration is now open!


We encourage all participants to submit a one-page abstract with figures.

Scientific committee

  • Dr. Elmar Bonaccurso, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (DE)
  • Prof. Hans-Jürgen Butt, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (DE)
  • Dr. Kirsten Harth, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (DE)
  • Prof. Ralf Seemann, Saarland University (DE)
  • Prof. Cameron Tropea, Technical University Darmstadt (DE)
  • Prof. Doris Vollmer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (DE)