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Surfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference

Conference Topics

The Surfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference (SCT 2021) topics include:

  • Surface treatments and coatings deposition and functionalization processes
  • Cold and Thermal spraying (PVD, CVD, ...), thermochemical, Electro- and electroless plating
  • Wet chemical and electrochemical processes such as plating, sol-gel coating, anodization,
  • Surfaces and coatings modelling and characterization
  • Interface and interaction science, adhesion and Adhesives
  • Surface nanoengineering, nano-coatings and Ultra-Thin Films
  • Graphene and carbon-based coatings/films
  • Multi-functional, composite/ hybrid, graded and multilayers coatings
  • Hydro-, ice- and oleophobic/philic surfaces
  • Smart surfaces and coatings, Self-healing, self-cleaning, … surfaces
  • Tribological coatings: friction performance, wear resistance (e.g., abrasion, erosion, fretting, etc)
  • Corrosion and oxidation resistance, Thermal protection and diffusion resistance,
  • Surface engineering/ coatings in sustainable energy, conversion, optical, electric, photovoltaic and magnetic applications
  • Biointerfaces, Biomedical/ Bioactive surfaces and coatings

In addition to the above conference main topics/ sessions, the following symposia will run in parallel:

  • Symposium on Multifunctional composite and hybrid coatings.
  • Symposium on tribological coatings, wear and corrosion protection.
  • Symposium on Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films.
  • Symposium on Corrosion and anti-corrosive coatings.
  • Symposium on Interface and interaction science, adhesion and Adhesives.
  • Symposium on Biointerfaces and Bioactive coatings.
  • Symposium on Thin Films and Coatings for Energy Applications.
  • Symposium on Graphene and 2D materials-based coatings.

 

Symposium on Multifunctional composite and hybrid coatings

Chairs:

  • Prof. Mark D. Soucek, University of Akron, USA

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Klaus Friedrich, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Prof. Jinglei Yang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.
  • Prof Jie Tao, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Description: The role of the coatings is not only the traditional one (protection and aesthetics), but in addition new advanced functions are required, like special mechanical, chemical, electrical, and optical functions. A wide range of coating technologies offer the possibility to produce advanced and selected surface properties, such as hydrophobic/ hydrophilic coatings, anti-static, non-stick and easy-to-clean coatings, anti-freeze or anti-fogging coatings, scratch-resistant coatings, anti-microbial coatings, catalytic, anti-bacterial, optical, etc. In particular, composites and hybrid coatings are very promising options to develop new coatings with tailored properties.

Composite coatings are those coatings assembled together or dispersed as minor phases (organic or inorganic) in a major component phase (inorganic or organic) to improve their individual properties. If the minor phase has nanometric dimensions, the coatings are nanocomposites. In the particular case that one or more phases are produced from molecular precursors during the nanocomposite formation and one of them is organic while the other is inorganic, we obtain hybrid inorganic–organic materials.

The aim of this symposium will show presentations,  from leading researchers in both academia and industry, on all aspects related to the recent advances in the design, synthesis, and development of composite and hybrid coatings. In particular, the topic of interest includes, but is not limited to:

  • New chemical ways for the production of composites and hybrid coatings;
  • Advanced multifunctional coatings;
  • Inorganic–organic hybrid coatings and thin films;
  • Novel thin films for surface functionalization;
  • New methods for the characterization of composites and hybrid coatings for surface functionalization;
  • Advanced industrial applications of composite and hybrid coatings;

 

Symposium on tribological coatings, wear and corrosion protection

Description: Wolfgang Pauli said that “surfaces have to be the work of evil”, due to their complexity and challenges in understanding their underlying properties. Study of surfaces is even more challenging in the context of tribology, which is the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Tribology is an exciting and highly interdisciplinary field, linked with engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics and biology. It encompasses the study and application of friction, wear, lubrication and related surface design aspects.

Understanding the fundamentals of tribological coatings underpins the development of novel technologies across many industrial sectors including electrical vehicles, wind turbines, cutting tools, and medical implants. Recent engineering trends confirm the importance of urgent development of functional surfaces to control the energy consumption, corrosion, economic expenditure and COâ‚‚ emissions on a global scale.

In this symposium, we will discuss how surface engineering plays a key role in enabling future tribological technologies by providing smart functional surfaces with great impact on future sustainable development. Areas of particular interest will include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Coatings and thin films
  • Solid lubricants
  • Textured surfaces
  • Smart coating and sensing surfaces
  • Wear resistant coatings and overlays
  • Lubricated contacts and tribo-chemistry
  • Corrosion protection
  • Surface characterization and tribo-testing

 

Symposium on Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films

Description: Nanocoatings and thin films can be defined as coatings with nanoscale thickness, second-phase nano-granules distributed in a matrix, thick coatings that have nanosized grains or phases, etc. Nanocoatings have applications in many industrial fields, such as the aerospace and car industries, medical implants and instruments, metal industry for equipment and tools, chemical and food industries, etc. Depending on their application, nanocoatings may be required to be hard, to protect the underlying substrate, elastic, or, for medical applications, biocompatible. During the last years, the concept and practice of tailoring the structure and morphology of a given coating or thin film system to modify its properties has been used to add new functionalities and improved behaviour to several materials and devices. However, the development of new products and the need to enhance materials functionalities requires the optimization of the coating or thin film system to respond to the increasing demands of a targeted application. Nano-engineering of surfaces is playing a fundamental role in this particular area of research in order to develop new materials development or to modify them.

Surface nanoengineering refers to the design of physical, morphological and interfacial properties of nanoparticles or 2D nanostructured surfaces for a particular application. The surface chemistry of nanomaterials impacts an assortment of specific physical properties. Ligands and other surface molecules often play a major role in nanoparticle growth, form and crystallinity, in addition to bring new features such as (bio)chemical functional moieties, new interactions with the surrounding medium and adjusting the hydrophilic/lipophilic balance. Complex nanoparticle morphologies such as stars, core-shell, patchy and Janus nanoparticles are then possible

This session will be dedicated to advanced methods of vapor deposition and surface nano-engineering, as well as to nanoscale methods of materials characterization.  It will also cover the nanoscale surface modification strategies addressing critical issues in fields related to nanotechnologies such as biomaterials, nanomedicine, plasmonics, metamaterials, energy harvesting, nanoelectronics, spintronics, and smart materials, etc.

Areas of particular interest will include, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • An up-to-date review of the fundamentals, processes of deposition, characterisation and applications of nanocoatings
  • Fundamentals of vapor-based deposition processes, growth modelling, plasma-surface interactions and in situ diagnostics;
  • Other deposition processes such as atmospheric plasma liquid-based deposition, HIPIMS technology, thermochemical heat treatments like plasma nitriding + PVD, PACVD deposition, or on the use of hybrid methods combining for instance arc evaporation and magnetron sputtering or PVD and CVD, etc
  • Surface nanoengineering Reactive surfaces, Colloidal assembly, Colloidal stabilization in complex media
  • Nanostructured coatings or nano-engineered thin film architectures, including nanocomposites, multilayers, nanolayers and glancing angle deposition;
  • Thin films and nanocoatings characterisation methods
  • Hard, wear and corrosion/oxidation resistant coatings;
  • Nanocoatings functional properties such as tribological, mechanical, optical, magnetic, electrical, thermoelectrical, thermochromic, etc
  • Thin films for smart applications: (bio)sensors; ultra-thin membranes for sensors, biocompatibility; energy; etc.;
  • New trends in thin film materials: metallic glasses, architectural glass; high entropy alloys, oxynitrides, intermetallics, plasmonics, etc.

 

Symposium on Corrosion and anti-corrosive coatings

Description: Corrosion is a global issue, which challenges a wide range of industrial sectors. It leads to high economic losses of 3–4% of the GDP of an industrialized country year by year. Adequate corrosion protection is therefore essential in many applications. Among others, coatings are by far the most important technology for the corrosion protection of metallic surfaces. In recent years,  they gained a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of protective action and corrosion mechanisms of and under protective coatings. Durable and active coatings are some of the most frequently used and effective methods for corrosion protection.

The rise chemical nanotechnology has also fostered the development of hybrid or inorganic sol-gel coatings, as well as nanoparticles and nanocapsules to be used as fillers in coating systems. This has also led to the development of novel self-healing and smart coatings.

This symposium will focus on the improved anticorrosion properties of metallic, nonmetallic, and composite coatings using different engineering approaches to increase their durability in various demanding applications. It will cover the different aspects of processes, including physical and chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition, thermal and plasma spraying, directed energy techniques, wet chemical and electrochemical processes, and techniques based on nanotechnology. It will provide comprehensive insight on corrosion resistance, mechanical properties, and surface and interface characterisation, with emphasis on enhanced functional performance for different applications. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Organic and Inorganic coatings for corrosion protection
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Surfaces pretreatments
  • Smart coatings for corrosion protection (functional coatings and self-healing coating)
  • Electrochemical test methods for corrosion evaluation

 

Symposium on Interface and interaction science, adhesion and Adhesives

Description: This symposium cover all the aspects of the science and technology of adhesion and adhesive materials, from fundamental research and development work to industrial applications including: interfacial interactions, surface chemistry, methods of testing, accumulation of test data on physical and mechanical properties, environmental effects, new adhesive materials, sealants, design of bonded joints, and manufacturing technology. The session topics are as follow:

  • Fundamental aspects of adhesion
  • Science, technology and properties of surfaces
  • Engineering aspects of adhesion and engineering applications
  • Advances in adhesive materials: structural and pressure-sensitive adhesives
  • Industrial aspects of adhesion
  • Innovative designs and applications
  • Mechanical properties of bonded joints including joint design and durability
  • Nano technology as applied to adhesives
  • New crosslinking chemistries and novel polymer structures used in adhesives
  • Quality procedures, testing and standardisation
  • Adhesion in the marine environment
  • Adhesives for electronic applications
  • Bio-adhesion and biomedical adhesion

 

Symposium on Biointerfaces and Bioactive coatings

Description: In addition to meeting the minimal requirement of biocompatibility, advanced biomaterials have acquired functions, allowing them to directly or indirectly influence specific biological environments. These modifications of biomaterials are generally achieved by establishing an interface layer, i.e., a biointerface coating, to deliver the desired functions. The design of a successful biointerface usually depends on criteria such as controlled presentation of functional biomolecules on the surface, low nonspecific protein adsorption, responsive actions toward external stimuli, multifunctionality, compatibility with micro- to nanofabrication, surface morphology or microstructures, biodegradability, and physical to chemical gradients. Many promising approaches have been realized by existing surface modification technologies based on both physical and chemical methods from basic self-assembly of molecules to top–down construction of bulk materials. Numerous methods exploit a complimentary and/or combinatorial strategy, paving the way to advanced and effective functional and bioactive coatings for prospective biomaterials. The most recent advances in fundamental studies, nano-bio material synthesis and biodevice design will be also presented, offering unique opportunities for dissemination and synergy development.

Recently, advanced methods for nanomaterial synthesis and modification have enabled new tools for regulating biomolecule conformation and cell adhesion at surfaces with nanoscale resolution through the control of topography, chemistry and morphology. Recent progress in selective surface modification of nanostructures and the integration of tools from synthetic biology and electrochemistry have contributed to the creation of tailor-made biointerfaces. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Nano- and mesoporous based materials;
  • Molecularly self-assembled coatings;
  • Surface modifications of coatings;
  • Physically adsorbed, Vapor-deposited, Grafted and Layer-by-layer coatings
  • Coatings with chemical activity and/or physical properties
  • Surface functionalization strategies;
  • Molecule and/or ion releasing coatings
  • Bioactive ceramic coatings on polymers and substrates.
  • Innovations of novel coatings for biotechnological applications.
  • Nanostructured biointerfaces
  • Surface-cell interfaces and biofilms
  • Smart and responsive biomaterials
  • Bioinspired and biomimetic coatings

 

Symposium on Thin Films and Coatings for Energy Applications

Description: Energy needs are a global growing problem in the era of technology. Citizens and governments are gradually becoming aware of the sustainable use of world resources. Many are the developments in energy systems based on renewable energy, such as wind, photovoltaic, biomass, nuclear, etc., implemented on both a small and high scales. New solutions for materials, and device levels and thin film and coatings are required and could play essential roles in fulfilling the growing energy market demands. A variety of thin-film synthesis methods could be applied.

The aim of this symposium is to present the newest experimental and theoretical achievements in thin films and coatings applications for both non-renewable and renewable energy sectors.

In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fundamentals concepts in use, modelling, and characterization of thin films and coatings for energy applications
  • New methods for the synthesis of thin films and coatings for energy applications
  • Novel thin films and coatings for catalysis and photocatalysis in energy
  • Thin films and coatings for energy storage devices including but not limited to batteries and supercapacitors
  • Thin films and coatings for hydrogen energy technologies including but not limited to fuel cells and solid-state hydrogen storage
  • Thin films and coatings for solar cells and solar thermal
  • Thin films and coatings for thermoelectric
  • Smart coatings and thin films for energy applications

 

Symposium on Graphene and 2D materials-based coatings

Description: Coating plays a vital role in improving surface quality and providing protection for a substrate. Consistent efforts have been made to produce excellent properties coating. Graphene, a new discovered carbon allotrope, has received worldwide attention and it was studied in almost every area due to its extraordinary properties arisen from its unique structure. It is a very promising new generation material for developing advanced coating. This symposium is dedicated to highlighting relevant advances in the field of coatings based on two-dimensional layered nanomaterials.

It is of great importance to share current knowledge and all progress in these subjects to stimulate new ideas.

In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the preparation, properties and applications of coatings and nanocomposite films containing:

  • Graphene;
  • Graphene-like systems (few-layer graphene, graphene oxide);
  • Graphene-analogues (transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS2, and WS2);