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Surface Treatment of Material for Adhesive Bonding

Course# Date Time Location

Coming Soon

Cost: $800 USD
CEU's: 0.8
Instructor: Dr. Sina Ebnesajjad

Course Overview

Adhesion using an adhesive has proven to be an effective means of material bonding. In general five steps must be taken to adhesively-bond two objects together successfully:

  1. Proper choice of adhesive.
  2. Good joint design.
  3. Cleanliness of surfaces.
  4. Wetting of the surfaces that are to be bonded together by the adhesive.
  5. Proper adhesive bonding process (solidification and cure)

Modification of the surface of the substrates (Steps 3 and 4 above) is the topic covered in this one-day course. Participants will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the most important methods of surface treatment for different materials. Practical methods of surface treatment of materials for adhesion will be emphasized. A major focus of the course will be on polymeric materials because of the their increased use in important applications such as automotive and aerospace. A range of topics will be covered from cleaning the surfaces of the substrates to the use of dry and wet chemical methods to modify the material surfaces.

Instructor Biography:

SinaSina Ebnesajjad founded the FluoroConsultants Group (www.FluoroConsultants.com) in 2006 where he has been working as a consultant globally. He retired as a Senior Technology Associate in 2005 from the DuPont Company after 23 years of service.  He holds six patents.  His experiences include fluoropolymer technologies, surface modification of materials and adhesive bonding.

He is the author, editor and co-author of over fifteen technical books including three books in surface treatment of materials and adhesives technology and seven handbooks of fluoropolymers technologies and applications.

Sina is also The Series Editor of Plastics Design Library, published by Elsevier; he oversees Elsevier’s engineering publications in the areas of plastics, elastomers and adhesives. He earned his master’s and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Part I

  • Definitions Adhesive Bonding, Adhesives and Surface Preparation
  • Theories of Adhesion
  • Adhesive Failure Modes and Mechanisms
  • Introduction to Surface Treatment Methods
    • Degreasing
    • Abrasion
    • Chemical Treatment
  • Surface Tension and its Measurement
  • Surface Energy of Solids and its Measurement
  • Surface Characterization Techniques
  • Adhesive Bond Testing

Part II

  • Summary Review of Surface Preparation Techniques
    • Surface Treatment of Metals
    • Surface Treatment of Plastics
    • Priming
    • Sol-gel Process
  • Methods for Evaluating Effectiveness of Surface Preparation
  • Surface Preparation of Metals
  • Surface Treatment and Bonding of Ceramics
  • Surface Preparation of Polymeric Materials
    • Surface Preparation of Thermoplastics
    • Surface Preparation of Thermosets
    • Surface Preparation of Reinforced Thermoplastics
    • Surface Preparation of Plastic Foams
    • Surface Preparation of Rubbers
    • Surface Preparation of Thermoplastic Elastomer
    • Surface Preparation of Painted Surfaces
    • Plasma Treatment of Polymers
  • Effects of Additives on Surface Treatment of Plastics
  • Adhesion Promoters


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policy.