Research & Innovation

Stevens Hosts Layer-by-Layer (LbL) Conference

Stevens Institute of Technology hosted the Layer-by-Layer Conference on June 23 25, 2014 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Layer-by-Layer (LbL) Assemblies: Science and Technology Conference engaged researchers and industry members from around the world to discuss the latest fundamental and technological developments in the field of sequentially adsorbed, LbL-processed thin film materials.

According to conference organizers, Svetlana Sukhishvili, Stevens Institute of Technology and Michael Rubner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the conference brought together leading scholars from the LbL field to share the latest technical information to stimulate new ideas and applications for LbL assemblies.

Featured research included various topics pertaining to the fundamentals of LbL assembly, emerging applications of LbL film, tissue engineering, drug delivery, optoelectronics and separation technologies, antibacterial protection of biomedical implants, food and flexible electronic packaging, among others.

According to Gero Decher, L'Institue Charles Sadron in Strasbourg, founder of LbL technology, the conference provided a mix of fundamental applied research, including 3M's use of platform technology in the LbL field. 

“It's exciting to see the field being important to industry and to one of their future technologies,” said Decher.

Decher also noted how the conference “provided a certain maturity that allows the group to address more and more questions not any more related to film-making, but related to highly specialized target areas in biology and materials science.”

Likewise, conference organizer Svetlana Sukhishvili explains, “What is special about the LbL technology is its broad range of applications.   This technology is less than 23 years old and already changing industry across many fields,” she said.

The conference over one hundred participants, including young talent and experts from all over the world who came to Stevens Institute of Technology to learn about the advances in LbL technology.

“There were a number of participants from every portion of the field represented by 16 countries from across the globe,” says Sukhishvili.