World-class surface engineering webinars for academics and industry professionals.


Dr. Astrid Drechsler

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

Zeta Potential Measurements in Polymer Research

The zeta potential is an important quantity to quantify charge formation processes at solid surfaces. It provides valuable information about the acid-base behaviour, the adsorption of ions and molecules, and time-dependent processes as swelling and chemical reactions and helps to understand structure-property relationships, adhesion and reactivity of polymer surfaces for various applications.

July 28th 2022

13:00 BST

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    About us

    Surface Ventures is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide free, monthly webinars featuring well-established international researchers in the field of surface engineering.

    Every month, we will bring you a sector-leading speaker to present the current challenges and future trends in engineered surfaces. Our main aim with these events is to bring high-quality industry education and the calibre and quality of international conferences to the comfort of your own home.

    Our webinars are typically hour-long experiences, with a talk from a highly regarded industry expert for 30-40 minutes, followed by audience questions. As well as being able to register to watch and take part in our events live, we also post video recordings of all our webinars to this site for future viewing.

    It has never been easier to access the valuable insight of high-calibre industry professionals and engage in valuable discussions surrounding surface engineering with others from around the world. You gain access to some of the best in the field – all for free and all from your home.

    We are supported primarily by volunteers, looking to make industry discussion more accessible and valuable to all.

    Our team

    Tomasz Liskiewicz

    Founder & managing director

    Tomasz is Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University where he acts as a Head of Department of Engineering. He is interested in tribology of engineering surfaces, functional properties of thin films and coatings, Industry 4.0 and biomimetics.

    Thawhid Khan

    Vice President

    Thawhid is a senior research associate of Tribology and Surface Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is interested in tribology, coatings, machinability of super alloys and advanced materials, and in-situ monitoring of the machining interface.


    Samuel McMaster

    Event Manager

    Sam is a materials scientist at Coventry University and Pillarhouse International. He is interested in using nanomechanical testing methods to predict tribological behaviour across length scales  and the application of tribology and surface engineering to novel research areas.

    Shubrajit Bahumik

    International Ambassador,

    Shubrajit is working as a Tribologist at Wagner High Quality Lubricants. He is interested in lubricants, solid lubricants, surface textures, tribology of composites, and machining tribology.

    Nik Roselina

    International Ambassador,

    Nik is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi MARA. She is interested in composite coatings, especially graphene composite coatings for tribological applications.

    Yanfei Liu

    International Ambassador,

    Yanfei is a research associate at State Key Laboratory of Tribology at Tsinghua University. He is interested in structural design of solid lubrication coatings and the fundamentals of friction, wear, and lubrication.

    Bao Feng

    International Ambassador,

    Bao is a product manager of precision components at Oerlikon Balzers. Prior to Oerlikon, he served the heavy machine industry as a tribological thin films expert for nearly two decades. He is interested in the innovations and the industrial applications of surface engineering solutions.

    Sheyla Santana de Carvalho

    International Ambassador,

    Sheyla received her PhD in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from UFRJ and University of Leeds in 2019. She is interested in the evaluation and monitoring of corrosion in Oil and Gas, materials characterization (SEM-EDS and EBSD) and failure analysis.

    Yuki Hirata

    International Ambassador,

    Yuki is Assistant Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research field is to synthesize Diamond-Like Carbon film and its application to tribology. He also interested in science and engineering challenges in global area through international activities.


    Surface Ventures webinars are great opportunity “to meet” world-renowned scientists and engineers who share their experiences in various fields.

    Daniel Tobola, Ph.D. Eng.
    Lukasiewicz Research Network, Krakow Institute of Technology, Poland
    Through Surface Ventures I am exposed to aspects and applications of this far-reaching discipline both related to and out with my day-to-day foci of research.

    Christopher Fleming
    Advanced Forming Research Centre- University of Strathclyde, UK
    I really like the initiative of Surface Ventures to focus on the much needed education in Surface Engineering. We can all help to make the world a better place, by understanding a bit better the detrimental mechanisms of friction and wear, and improving them. As we are part of this mission, I find in Surface Ventures an ally to make our little contribution.

    Dirk Drees, CEO
    Falex Tribology, Belgium
    Surface Ventures webinar series gives me a wide range of Surface Engineering application examples in different domains. This initiative contributes to a meaningful discussion and it improves the industry in terms of coatings, surface treatment technologies and thin films.

    Ali Muhammad Ali Alkuzaim Algahtani, Associate Professor
    King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
    The webinar series provided by Surface Ventures is organised in a very professional way and it is a great experience to me. Excellent speakers make the series an interesting and exciting event to follow. This approach offers a perfect platform for all students, senior scientists amongst others to engage and join the community.

    Carsten Gachot, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    TU Wien, Austia
    I have found the webinar lecture series to be a good format to quickly find out the different aspects of surface engineering. It has allowes me to explore the move from research to applications, while remaining interesting and easy to understand.

    Rob Brittain, PhD student
    University of Leeds, UK
    I love the idea of being in an international event and having an opportunity to hear from the experts in the area, from my own room, and it’s FREE:). The webinars are very informative and useful to a postgraduate student like me. Looking forward to the next webinar.

    Syahadah, postgraduate student
    Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
    Through Surface Ventures I am exposed to the cutting-edge concepts of designing functional surfaces, which is very helpful in my research.

    Shuang Yi, postdoctoral researcher
    Tsinghua University, China

    To our sponsors

    We would not be able to bring these webinars to life without the help of our wonderful sponsors. Through their generosity, we are able to provide these industry-leading webinars to professionals for free.

    We are always looking to work with more sponsors who want to keep this sector thriving. Sponsoring one of our discussions is a great way to get your name out there while supporting the work of many academics around the globe. 

    If you are interested in working with us, please feel free to get in touch through the contact form below.