Industry Seminar and Roundtable Discussion on Coatings for Polymer

Date: 06 Jun 2013 - 06 Jun 2013

Venue: Seminar in SIMTech Auditorium; Roundtable Discussion in Training Room 2, SIMTech Tower, Level 3


Today, more and more polymeric materials are used to replace glass and metals for lower weight and reducing energy consumption in a wide range of applications, such as display panels for hand-held electronic devices, compact disks, lightweight eyewear lenses, automotive interior components, safety windows, bio-sensors, and microfluidic chips. Polycarbonate is used to make bullet-proof windows,   greenhouse walls, automotive headlight, and rugged casing for cell phones and laptop computers. Despite their excellent physical and optical properties, the poor scratch and abrasion resistance of polymers has hindered a lot of other potential applications. A hard and scratch-resistant protective coating with value-add functions such as easy-to-clean, anti-fingerprint, antimicrobial is highly desirable to improve the surface characteristics while capitalising on their advantageous bulk properties of polymers.


The seminar provides an opportunity for scientists and industrial participants to share their knowledge and advanced technologies in coatings for industrial applications leading to the establishment of a platform for further collaborative research and development.


Focus topics of the Seminar:

  • Nanomaterials and their applications in coatings
  • Scratch resistant hard coatings with easy-to-clean and/or antimicrobial functions
  • Surface modification and coating for biomedical applications

Key market trends, new developments in the research community as well as relevnt established capabilities in SIMTech will be presented and discussed in the seminar. These will not only benefit participant's product development process and productivity but also provide deeper insight on the major issues relevant to failure of polymeric materials and the corresponding protection technologies and added new functions. The Roundtable discussions followed the Seminar will provide the opportunity to hear from participants and collect invaluable feedback for SIMTech upon which the upcoming project scopes will be defined.


SIMTech undertakes various initiatives to help local industry in the area of polymer coatings and additional functions for the various applications. These include a series of training courses (funded and certified by WDA) as well as planned Collaborative Industry Projects on polymer coating for precision engineering, optoelectronics, and medical technology industries to be launched in 2013.




12.00pm      Registration & Networking   

1.00pm        Opening Address byDr John Yong, PE COI Director,SIMTech    

1.05pm        PE COI PE-Polymer Industry Initiative                   
                   Mr Rick Yeo, Lead for PE-Polymer & Senior Industry Development Manager    

1.20pm        Keynote Presentation: Nanomaterials and their Applications in Industrial Coatings               
                   Professor  Markus Niederberger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland     

2.00pm        Keynote Presentation: Functional Coatings for Ophthalmic Products                   
                  Dr Alexandra   Roos, Group Manager, R&D, Essilor Singapore Pte Ltd   

2.30pm       Presentation on: Hard Coatings on Polymer for Wear Resistance and Easy Clean Applications                   Dr Linda Wu,  Senior Scientist, Team Lead, Sol-gel Process, Surface Technology Group, SIMTech  

3.00pm       Tea break and Networking     

3.30pm       Presentation on: Coating Technology for Biomedical Application                  
                  Dr   Marcin Debowski Antoni, Scientist, Surface Technology Group, SIMTech      

3.50pm       Presentation on: Anti-microbial Coating for MedTech and Electronics                  
                  Dr Zhang Xiao,   Scientist, Surface Technology Group, SIMTech     

4.10pm       CIP Proposal on Advanced Coatings for polymers                   
                  Dr Qi Guojun,   Group Manager, Surface Technology Group, SIMTech      

4.20pm       Roundtable Discussion with Industry Participants (by invitation) 

5.20pm       Presentations & Summary of Roundtable Discussion     

5.30pm       End of Round Table Discussion  


About the Speakers

Professor Markus Niederberger is Associate Professor and Chair of the Laboratory for Multifunctional Materials, which was established at ETH Zurich in 2007. Markus Niederberger studied chemistry at the ETH Zürich, where he also received his PhD on nanostructured metal oxides in 2000. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of California at Santa Barbara, in 2002 he became group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam in the Colloid Department. In 2007 he was appointed to Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) at ETH Zurich and in 2012 he was promoted to Associate Professor. Prof. Niederberger was placed on the ISI list of the 100 most-cited materials scientists in 2011. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Advisory Board Member of Journal of Materials Chemistry, Science of Advanced Materials and ChemPlusChem. Since 2009 he is Editor-in-Chief of Nanoscale. The Niederberger group works on the development of rational synthesis concepts for the production of new types of functional materials and their application in gas sensor technology, electronics, as well as in energy storage and conversion.


Dr Alexandra Roosholds a PhD in Polymer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, with a focus on adhesion phenomena. She has 10-years' experience in Essilor R&D, specialized in coatings for ophtalmic lenses including polymeric coatings, sol-gel chemistry, vacuum deposition of inorganic and organic materials.


Dr Linda Wu is a Senior Scientist in SIMTech since 2000. She holds a Bachelor degree and a Master degree in Materials Science from Tsinghua University, China, a MBA from University of South Australia, and PhD in Materials Science from NTU. Her research fields cover the chemical formulations, nanoparticle synthesis and surface modifications, surface treatments and coatings for metals, ceramics and plastics substrates by wet chemical processes and electro-chemical processes, and materials characterizations. Her achievement on the multilayer sol-gel coating system was awarded the Singapore National Technology Award in 2002. Before joining SIMTech, she worked as a research scholar in Liverpool University, UK, and a Senior Engineer in a MNC.


Dr Marcin Debowski joined SIMTech in 2001. Prior to this he worked in Technical University of Gdansk (Poland), Chemical Faculty as research assistant/academic teacher position specializing in polyurethane technology and polymer characterization. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands), Mesa+ Research Institute, Faculty of Chemical Technology, on a number of projects related to the development of pressure sensitive adhesives for medical applications. In SIMTech, he works as a Scientist in the Surface Technology Group leading a number of projects on coatings for domestic appliances and special devices for garment care products and microfluidic devices. He was also attached to a local MNC where he helped to develop various coating systems in actual production environment.


Dr Zhang Xiao is a Research Scientist in Surface Technology Group of SIMTech. He received his Ph D degree in Physics from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in France in 1996. Before joining SIMTech, he worked as a post-doc fellow at the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS) of the National Scientific Research Center of France (CNRS) and as a research fellow at the School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University. Dr Zhang's research interests cover optical and photonic materials and thin film devices and currently his research focus is on sol-gel derived new function coating materials for anti-reflection, antimicrobial, easy-to-clean and scratch resistance applications.


Who Should Attend

CEOs, General Managers, R&D Managers, senior engineers, Team leaders, research fellows and engineers involved in coating manufacturing, suppliers and purchasers, technical sales representatives, and anyone who seeks an overview of latest techniques in coatings for polymer


Online Registration

Registration for this complimentary seminar is free of charge. To reserve a place, please register online. All are welcome.


Contact Us

For more information, please contact Mr Rick Yeo at or 9668 8473

For technical enquiries, please contact Dr Linda Wu, Email:; Tel: 6793 8999

For general enquiries, please contact Alice Koh, Email:; Tel: 6793 8249