The 14th Zsigmondy Colloquium of the German Colloid Society will take place in Mainz from 9 – 11 April 2018.

Properties of surfaces and interfaces: modification, characterization and application


The annual Zsigmondy Colloquium of the German Colloidal Society is aiming at young researchers in the field of colloid, surface and interface science. PhD students and postdocs are particularly invited to present their research as oral presentations or poster contributions. The meeting intends to provide a platform for a stimulating dialogue between researchers from universities, other research institutions and industry.


    • Surfaces and their modifications

Adaptive and reactive surfaces, grafted systems, 3D printing, physical surface modification, 2D materials, surface-sensitive experimental techniques, soft surfaces

    • Surface dominated systems

Porous matter, micro & nanofluidics, colloidal & granular matter

    • Wetting and dewetting

Spontaneous and forced wetting, super-liquid repellency, slippery surfaces, imbibition, wetting of complex liquids

    • Liquid interfaces

Foams, membranes, films, (nano) bubbles, reactive interfaces

    • Modelling

2D systems, boundaries between 3D systems


Zsigmondy flyer as download.


Please find below a preliminary program with the titles of the talks:
14th Zsigmondy Colloquium_Program

14th Zsigmondy-Colloquium (Preliminary Program)


ITN LubISS School Monday, April 9, 2018
09:10 Doris Vollmer
Introduction to wetting 1
10:15 Break
10:30 Hans-Jürgen Butt
Introduction to wetting 2
Monday, April 9
11:30 Registration and coffee
12:50 Welcome
13:00 Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber
High resolution AFM
14:00 Contributed talks
17:00 Poster Session
Tuesday, April 10
09:00 Contributed talks
11:00 Prof. Shlomo Magdassi
From Gutenberg Bible to 4D printing
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Poster Session
14:00 Contributed talks
17:00 Break
18:00 Social Event
19:30 Dinner
Wednesday, April 11
09:00 Contributed talks
12:00 Lunch
13:00 End
ITN LubISS School Wednesday, April 11, 2018
13:30 Shlomo Magdassi
Patterning by printing and self assembly
14:30 Jochen Gutmann
Surface functionalization for anti-biofouling applications
15:30 Break
16:00 Stefan Seeger
Superomniphobic silicone nanofilaments (and Superresolution Microscopy: 3D Supercritical Angle Fluorescence)
17:00 Elmar Bonaccurso
Testing functional aeronautical coatings for improved performance and durability

Invited Speakers


Registration Form
Please download the registration form:
Registration Zsigmondy Colloquium 2018
And email it to zsigmondy2018@mpip-mainz.mpg.de


We are pleased to announce that in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the Zsigmondy Colloquium, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended until Friday, February 16 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Registration Open 1 October 2017
Abstract Submission Open 1 October 2017
Abstract Submission Closed 1 February 2018
Notification on the decision of the Scientific Committee 25 February 2018
Early Registration Closed 28 February 2018


Conference Fee


Call for papers