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The cutting edge of adhesive bonding technology


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What is happening in world of industrial adhesives? Find out about the chemistry behind recent developments in this talk by Professor John Watts FREng.

Date and Time

17 April 2018 - 19:30-21:30


High Wycombe, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - Thames&Chiltern:Bucks local network. Contact Andrew Dodd : 07801 459471 or andrew.dodd@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Professor John Watts's adhesive bonding research is influenced by the results of surface chemical analysis.  His presentation will have both an engineering and a surface materials content.

Over the last four decades a number of surface analysis techniques have made a significant impact on our understanding of adhesion and subsequent adhesion failures.  These techniques make it possible to develop contour maps of the thickness of overlayers that have the potential to compromise adhesion.

To achieve this aim there is need to consider how to view the vanishingly thin region (the interphase) where the chemistry responsible for adhesion is located and also the most appropriate surface analysis methods to provide the necessary information.  A recent instrumental development that has been particularly useful for surface analysis studies related to adhesion has been the development, over the last decade, of cluster ion sources for depth profiling of polymers.

Professor John Watts is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Surrey, a position he has held for some 20 years.  He leads a multi-disciplinary research group focussed on the application of surface analysis methods to materials research.  The Surface Analysis Laboratory at Surrey is one of the best equipped facilities of its type in the world.


  • Doors open 7 pm
  • Light refreshments
  • Talk starts 7.30 pm
  • Talk finishes by 9.30 pm

Reasons to attend

What is happening in world of industrial adhesives?  Find out about the chemistry behind recent developments in this talk by Professor John Watts FREng.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

  • Doors open at 7 pm with light refreshments available until the talk starts at 7.30 pm

  • Free car parking adjacent to building; opposite Alexandra Park.  Please use Car Park D off Queen Alexandra Road; postcode for Satnav is HP11 2JZ.  (Please do not use car park C which is opposite the hospital.)
  • Site diagram available at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cxel2zn4fa90wrt/High_Wycombe_Campus_map%20-%20marked%20up.pdf?dl=0

  • Car park D is opposite blocks of apartments approximately 200m up the road from the roundabouts at the bottom of Marlow Hill.  The LEFT HAND entrance barrier is usually raised from 6.45 pm onwards. If it is not raised, use the pillar-mounted intercom to contact the security office.  The adjacent barrier rises automatically on exit.

    Once parked, please then walk to the Owen Harris Building situated at the down-hill side of the car park, alongside Queen Alexandra Road.

Registration information

  • Registration is recommended but not essential.


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