Information Management Institute

Nanotechnology, Surfaces
Ink-surface Interactions
Digital Printing

- Characterization
- Challenges
- Opportunities

February 3-4, 2014

Riviera Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

sponsored by

Information Management Institute

Course Focus

Nanotechnology is the frontier of science, engineering and manufacturing technologies. IMI's Nanostructured Surfaces & Coatings for Digital Printing Course provides a timely, critical overview of this vast field and its impacts in the digital printing industry. Key topics consist of (1) an overview of nanotechnology including major technology advances in key research areas and opportunities to leverage Nanotechnology to fuel innovations, (2) surfaces and coatings, how they are characterized and the design and benefits of super repelling nanostructured surfaces in printing and (3) surface and ink interactions, the crucial knowledge to enable the use of printing for flexible electronic manufacturing and other applications.

The course covers a wide range of topics, from a general survey of the entire nanotechnology field to the specifics of nanomaterials and nanocomposites research/development followed by a discussion of the opportunity to leverage nanotechnology for digital printing. Another course focus will be on print surfaces and how these surfaces are interacting with inks and toners. This session of the course starts with a tutorial on surface characterization and wetting fundamentals. Discussion will include the understanding of measurement tools for surfaces and coatings, wetting dynamics and the basic design rules for superhydrophobic and superoleophobic surfaces. Examples will be provided for the potential application of these super repellent, nanostructured surfaces in digital printing. Understanding how inks interact with print surfaces is crucial to transform the printing industry, from an industry of making marks on paper to a manufacturing industry. The mechanism for the formation of the "coffee ring" stain will be provided and countermeasures will be discussed. The course will conclude with a discussion on the importance of ink-surface interactions in printing organic transistors.

Course Outline

Conference Brochure

Completed Programs

IMI Home Page

IMI's Nanostructured Surfaces & Coatings for Digital Printing Course is targeted for a very broad audience, from scientists and engineers to researchers in both academic and industry who are engaging research and developmental work in nanotechnology, surfaces & coatings and printed electronics to managers and executives where familiarity of surfaces and coatings are critical not only from the knowledge viewpoint, but also from the decision making and R&D investment perspective. Nanotechnologists will get the benefits of seeing the entire landscape of nanostructured coatings and surfaces. Researchers in the surface and coating areas will get the benefit of getting an update in the latest surface characterization methods and wetting fundamental by broadening their knowledge base. This may lead to the creation of cross discipline research areas in the future.

For those not fully involved in nanotechnology, they will benefit from seeing the entire landscape as well as the advanced research, product and social impacts offered to digital printing by nanotechnology developments. For product development, research, product management, business management and executive personnel; IMI's Nanostructured Surfaces & Coatings for Digital Printing Course Course's scope will allow them to become familiar with the field - enabling them to be more knowledgeable and productive in the workplace. Scientists, engineers and managers engaged in printing research, development and product planning will benefit by broadening their knowledge base and by being inspired to incorporate nanotechnology and printed electronics in their research and product development efforts.

Nanotechnology, Surfaces and Ink-surface Interactions
for Digital Printing Course

February 3-4, 2014
Riviera Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Course Schedule

  Monday, February 3, 2014

  11:00 a.m.Registration

  1:30 p.m.Opening Session

Course Leader: Dr. Kock-Yee Law, Founder & CEO, Research and Innovative Solutions, Penfield, New York
Dr. Kock-Yee Law, Founder & CEO, Research and Innovative Solutions

  • Background & Overview
    - What is Nanotechnology?
    - History & Evolution
    - Economic & Social Impacts

  • Major Technology Advances in Nanotechnology - Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene
    - Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites
    - Nanowires & Others

  • Nano Opportunities for Digital Printing - Roles of Nanotechnology in Innovation
    - Printing and Printer Development with Nanomaterials

  6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  8:30 a.m.Session 2 - Surfaces, Characterization and Wetting Fundamentals

  • Background

  • Contact Angle Measurements & Apparatus

  • Myths & Faulty Perceptions

  • Wetting Fundamentals

  • Wetting of Rough Surfaces

  • Wetting Dynamics

  • Design, Properties and Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surfaces

  • Summary

 12:00 Noon Session 3 - Ink-surface Interactions in Digital Printing

  • Background

  • Interaction of ink with Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surfaces

  • "Coffee-Ring" Stain Effect

  • Problems and Solutions in Printing Organic Transistors

  • Summary, Outlook & Discussion

 5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Download the PDF version of this program  
Download the IMI February 2014 Conferences

IMI Conferences in February 2014

The Ink Jet Academy - Theory of Ink Jet Technology
February 3-4, 2014

23rd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 5-7, 2014

Nanotechnology, Surfaces and Ink-surface Interactions for Digital Printing Course
February 3-4, 2014

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
January 30 - February 1, 2013

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5 - 6, 2012

21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 1 - 3, 2012

Nanotechnology and Opportunities for Digital Printing
September 7, 2012

A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs


Dr. Kock-Yee Law, Founder & CEO, Research and Innovative Solutions, Penfield, New York

Dr. Kock-Yee Law, Research and Innovative Solutions Dr. Kock-Yee Law is the Founder & CEO of Research and Innovative Solutions, a global provider of technical advice and education services to the high-tech industry.

Dr. Law is an extremely prolific scientist. He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed over 120 US patent applications of which more than 95 were granted. He has been invited to speak in numerous professional society meetings and international conferences. In November 2012, he was appointed associate editor for a new journal "Surface Innovations" (ICE Publishing) and has been guest editing special themed issues on Nanostructured Coatings, Surfaces and Films for the journal in 2013 and 2014. Dr. Law has been active in the NSTI Nanotech Conferences. He has been co-organizer and chair for the Nanostructured Coatings, Surfaces and Membranes Symposium at the Nanotech conferences since 2010.

Prior to Research and Innovative Solutions, Dr. Law conducted research in many different fields in Xerox Webster. His latest interest is in Nanotechnology, particularly micro, nanostructured surfaces, and the phenomena of wetting, adhesion and self-cleaning. He co-invented a self-cleaning polymer coating that is currently being implemented at Xerox. Dr. Law is renowned for his work on superoleophobic surface design and was invited to contribute a review chapter entitled "Superoleophobic Surfaces: Surface Properties, Fabrication Methods and Potential Applications" in the upcoming third edition of the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which will be published by Taylor & Francis Group in January 2014. Dr. Law's other interest includes nanomaterials, nanocomposites and flexible electronic materials and devices and he was famous for his work in organic photoconductors, electronic spectroscopy and charge transfer phenomena in the 1990's. He championed global collaboration (with Fuji Xerox) and led cross organization teams to successfully develop office color printer technologies for Xerox products. Dr. Law has since become a competent practitioner in technology productization and innovation. He is a certified Lean-Six-Sigma Black Belt and is familiar with various quality and lean tools.

Dr. Law earned his BSc in Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his PhD in Photo-organic Chemistry from The University of Western Ontario. In the spirit of continuous learning, Dr. Law also completed executive training courses at the California Institute of Technology on: "Management of Technology Innovation" in 2003 and "Strategic Marketing of Technology Products" in 2005.


Information Management Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commissioned I T Strategies of Hanover, Massachusetts to prepare a confidential study report entitled "Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report" for distribution to all registrants to IMI's programs.

This exclusive market report is updated on an ongoing basis and provides a source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure. The report authors, I T Strategies, generate this report from their worldwide model of the printer industry.

All registrants to the Nanotechnology, Surfaces and Ink-surface Interactions for Digital Printing Course on February 3-4, 2014 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report."

Information Management Institute
Information Management Institute, Inc. (IMI) sponsors conferences world-wide to assist in understanding technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer attendees a unique opportunity for leading hardware, technology development, consumables, software and user companies to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments impacting successful product implementations, market entry/expansion and technology utilization. Since 1990, IMI has held over 500 programs attended by well over 25,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from companies around the world.

IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with an industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

For further details, contact Information Management Institute:

Information Management Institute, Inc.
1106 Valley Crossing
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
Phone: +1-207-235-2225
Fax: +1-207-235-2226
Web Site:

Information Management Institute


The binder for this completed program is not being sold at this time. If you would like to be contacted when another IMI conference on this topic is announced, please fill out the form below, then select the "Send to IMI…" button.
Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr.
Job Title
Mail Address
State, Country, Zip/Postal Code
Daytime Phone
E-Mail Address

Press To send the form. Press To clear the form and start over.

Return to Information Management Institute Master Schedule