McBride to discuss characterization of structured surfaces

Published: May 12, 2009 5:03:00 PM
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John McBride, professor and chair of the electro-mechanical engineering research group in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, will present a seminar on the characterization of structured surfaces on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. in the McMillan Auditorium, 136 Ross Hall. Students and faculty are invited to attend the graduate seminar, sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

There is substantial interest in the measurement and characterization of structured surfaces. A structured surface can be defined as a surface with a repeated structure or pattern. There are many applications for these surfaces, including reducing drag in fluid flow applications or to increase adhesion to bio-implant surfaces. The talk will focus on optical systems for the characterization of these complex surfaces and the associated limitations. Reference will be made to the problems inherent in the mapping of large-scale surfaces to sub-micron resolution in all axes. Emphasis will also be on the measurement and mechanical-electrical characterization of carbon nanotube surfaces for electrical contact and thermal conduction applications.

In 2006, McBride was awarded the IEEE Holm Scientific Achievement award for his work on electrical contact surfaces. He was awarded the James A. Lindner prize in 2008 for his work on the Sound Archive project,. McBride established the metrology company TaiCaan Technologies Ltd. and, in 2009, the high speed imaging company TaiCaan Research Ltd.