Dr. Jinlong Song


Area of research: Fabrication and application of bio-inspired functional materials

Name of my University / Research Institute: The School of Mechanical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China

Research period at the TU Darmstadt: November 2015 to November 2016

Dr. Jinlong Song. Photo: Claus Völker

Questionnaire to the Research Fellow

My field of research is fascinating. To laymen I would explain it in the following comprehensible manner:

My research is focused on how to fabricate surfaces with extreme wettability, and based on the fabricated surfaces, to study how to use them in the field such as oil/water separation, drag-reduction, anti-icing, etc.

My most important success in research to date is that:

I developed a new method named surface-tension-driven and gravity-assisted oil-water separation method. Using this method, large area floating oil on the sea can be easily removed and collected.

I’ve chosen the TU Darmstadt because…

TU Darmstadt is a very famous university in the world and Prof. Steffen Hardt is a very famous world-class scientist and scholar.

Dr. Jinlong Song with his host Professor Steffen Hardt. Photo: Claus Völker

If I were a student today, I would I would study harder but also would take part in more activities.

The perfect balance to a stressful working day are I would go to the gym. After a stressful working day, I often go to the gym to swim and to relax my tense and tired brain.

With the help of my host in Darmstadt I would like to broaden my views and make a definite progress in my research direction. I also hope I can create a long-time collaboration with my host.

Questionnaire for the host

Guest of: Prof. Dr. Steffen Hardt

Department: Mechanical Engineering

You appreciate in your guest / your guest favourably impressed you by his excellent scientific productivity. At a very young age he has already made a number of important contributions to science and engineering. He has a very high level of motivation and is able to carry out research very efficiently.

You, your team and the TU Darmstadt benefit from your guest’s… knowledge and experience in the fabrication of surfaces with tailor-made wettability. We are experts in micro and nanoscale transport phenomena, but we are usually not good at fabricating the required micro- or nanostructures. Dr. Song brings along exactly this knowledge, especially know-how on fabrication of micro-/nanostructured surfaces.

Prof. Dr. Steffen Hardt. Photo: Claus Völker