6th Ed. Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS Conference

SMS 2020
28 Oct - 30 Oct 2020 | Milan- Italy
Conference Topics

SMS 2020 Conference themes are as follow:


  • Advances in Functional and Multifunctional Materials
  • Hybrid materials
  • Shape Memory Materials: State-of-the-art Research and Applications
  • Advances in Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials and applications
  • Advances in Inorganic Luminescent Materials and Applications
  • Metamaterials and Metadevices
  • Electro-active polymers: current capabilities and challenges
  • Catalytic materials
  • Photocatalytic Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications
  • Energy Harvesting via Smart Materials
  • Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity
  • Stretchable and Flexible Electronic Materials & Devices
  • Bioinspired Materials
  • Biomimetic bioactive biomaterials – the novel materials of implantable devices
  • Stimuli Responsive Materials
  • Intelligent drug delivery and release systems
  • New Materials for sensors and actuators: Sensing the Future with New Materials
  • Progress in Wearable/Wireless and Implantable Body Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications 
  • Intelligent Materials for Textiles
  • Fire retardant materials and surfaces
  • Smart Materials & Micro/Nanosystems
  • Graphene and Other Emerging 2D-layered Nanomaterials (European Graphene Forum 2020)



In addition to the above main conference sessions, the eb=evnt will host several focused Symposia/ workshops/ EU projects sessions including:


  • Symposium 1: Multifunctional materials
  • Symposium 2: Composite and Hybrid material
  • Symposium 3: Smart materials, Micro/ Nano systems
  • Symposium 4: Smart coatings and surfaces
  • Symposium 5: Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films
  • Symposium 5: Bioactive, Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials
  • Symposium 6: Magnetism and Magnetic materials
  • Symposium 7: Smart Textiles, Wearables & Internet of Things


 More worksops, EU projects sessions details will be announced soon.


Symposium 5: Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films

Chair: Prof. Alessandro Lavacchi, ICCOM-CNR, Italy


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.