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Join us for our 3rd Advanced Technical Series highlighting the Adhesion Society. After a brief platform overview of the upcoming Annual Adhesion Society Meeting in Charleston in February of 2020, presentations from two leading researchers representing a cross section of adhesion topics will commence, each followed by an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Nick Shephard of Dow Chemical Company will impart wisdom gleaned from many years collaborating with the Adhesion Society on the Multi-discipline Approach to Adhesion Problem Solving and Durability Tools.

Ken Shull, a widely recognized professor in the polymer surfaces and adhesion field will provide us with an overview of a topic within his research focus that is relevant to adhesive and sealants world. Stay tuned for more details of the program. 




  • Brief introduction to the Adhesion Society with Nick Shephard, Dow Chemical
  • Perspective on a multi-disciplinary approach to adhesion problem solving with the Adhesion Society community plus durability testing Tool Box with Nick Shephard
  • Adhesion and adhesives with Professor Ken Shull, Northwestern University 


Expert Presenters:


Nick Shephard - Dow Chemical

Nick Shephard is a Research Fellow at Dow Performance Silicones in Midland, Michigan. His background is in adhesion science, silicone formulating and durability assessment. His current work is focused on sealants and adhesive formulation optimization and durability assessment for the transportation assembly market. 



Dr. Kenneth Shull - Northwestern University

Dr. Shull received a B.S. in Materials Science and M.S. in Electronic Materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University. He became an Assistant Professor of Materials Science in the Department Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in 1993 and was promoted to Professor in 2003. He and his research group at Northwestern University focus on the properties of polymer surfaces and interfaces, with an emphasis on the adhesion of "soft materials". Examples where adhesive interactions dominate the performance of these types of materials include pressure sensitive adhesives and polymeric gels commonly used in biomedical applications.

The Shull Research Group focus is on the properties of polymer surfaces and interfaces, with an emphasis on the adhesion of "soft materials." Examples range from traditional pressure-sensitive adhesives (sticky tape) to highly specialized polymeric gels commonly used in biomedical applications.

There is little understanding of the relationship in these systems between polymer adhesion and the structure of the interface on molecular or submolecular scale. We seek to make this connection through studies of well-characterized model systems synthesized in our own lab and through carefully designed fracture mechanics experiments.

Related problems of interest to us include polymer/inorganic composites and the origins of adhesion and mechanical response in biological systems. 

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