Aim of the Conference

The 8th International Conference on Water Repellent Treatment and Protective Surface Technology for Building Materials (Hydrophobe VIII) will be held in Hong Kong, China on 7-9 December 2017. Since its launch in 1995 in Delft, the Hydrophobe conference has travelled to Zurich (1998), Hannover (2001), Stockholm (2004), Brussels (2008), Rome (2011) and Lisbon (2014). The conference will be jointly hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Engineering of Hokkaido University and School of Civil Engineering of Qingdao University of Technology. Following the well-established tradition of the series, Hydrophobe-VIII will provide an international forum for all concerned with the application of water repellent and other protective surface technologies in civil engineering to exchange recent advances in both research and practice, and to strengthen international collaboration for the future development of the field. An important motivation to host Hydrophobe VIII in Hong Kong is to bring this conference for the first time to Asia where infrastructure booms, and to reflect the worldwide development of water repellent treatment and protective surface technology for construction and building materials over the last few decades.


Scope of the Conference

Water repellent and other surface treatment technologies such as surface sealing, polymer coating and inorganic overlaying are efficient solutions for durability enhancement and protective maintenance of building and civil infrastructure, particularly when they are exposed to severe environments. The use of the above surface treatment technologies has been tremendously increased over the past three decades, not only for repair of existing structures but also for construction of new structures. TThe following list of topics is not exhaustive, and all papers falling within the general scope of the conference will be considered:
  • Water repellent treatment
  • Surface sealers
  • Surface coatings
  • Polymer systems
  • Thin inorganic coating
  • Physics of surfaces, transport mechanisms in surface treated porous materials
  • Numerical simulation of mass flow through surface treated porous materials
  • Surface/water repellent interactions including adhesion issues
  • Nano-coating technology
  • Surface applications to inorganic porous building materials and glass
  • Anti-graffiti and self-cleaning formulations
  • New products for special applications
  • Standardization, quality control and application technique
  • Durability and life cycle evaluation
  • Case-studies, durability, side effects, and delayed harmfulness
  • Environmental impact assessment