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Surfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Alessandro Lavacchi

ICCOM, CNR, Firenze, Italy

Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi is the Editor-in-Chief of "Coatings", an international journal devoted to the material science and the application of thick and thin films. Dr. Lavacchi is a Research Scientist at the Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici, Italian National Research Council (ICCOM-CNR). His research has been devoted to electrochemistry and the material science of surfaces and coatings. In the latest years his activity has been mainly focused on the development of catalytic nano-structured materials with a special emphasis on their application to the exploitation of biomass derived products in electrochemical devices. In this context he has contributed to the development of "facile" methods for the synthesis of platinum-free electrocatalysts for application in fuel cells, electrolyzers and raw chemical electro-synthesis. The activity resulted in the co-authorship of more than 50 papers in leading international journals and the monograph “Nanotechnology in Electrocatalysis for Energy” edited by Springer.

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Dr. Mark D. Soucek

University of Akron, USA

Dr. Mark Soucek, a professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron, will be awarded the prestigious American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings. This major award, which recognizes outstanding individual achievements and noteworthy contributions to coatings science, technology and engineering, confirms PMSE's long-standing and continuing support and dedication to excellence in the science, technology and engineering of coatings. During Dr. Soucek's exceptional career in the field of polymer coatings, he has made significant scientific contributions to the field, pioneered innovations and trained students in cutting edge coatings technology. Many of those students are now leaders in the field. Recognized as a leader in drying oil technologies, especially with regard to bio-based feedstocks, he has published more than 25 scientific papers in that area. He was also a major contributor to the renaissance of alkyd technology. He is among the leading authorities in reactive diluent technologies, replacing VOCs with solvating bio-based liquids that dissolve the polymeric binder and then participate in the film formation by reactive crosslinking into the coating. Dr. Soucek's research contributions have been well recognized by the coatings technical community. He has twice been awarded the Roon Award: once for his work with thermosetting latexes, and again for developing a new class of alkyd coatings. He was the recipient of the inaugural Gordon Award by the Coatings Tech Conference in 2000, and he was selected as a Gordon Award finalist for his work in UV-curable bio-based polymers in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, Mark received honorable mention for the Gordon Award for his core-shell latex work and UV-curing of unsaturated polyesters. Also in 2004, he was awarded the Innovation Award by Radtech (the European association for UV/EB technology) for his work in UV-curable coatings. He received the The Society for Protective Coatings Editor's Award for his work "Self-Stratifying Corrosion Resistant Coatings," and has published >150 peer reviewed technical papers on coating science, 15 book chapters. Dr. Soucek has 15 issued U.S. patents and pending patent applications. The Tess Award consists of $3,000 and an engraved plaque and will be presented at the Fall 2016 ACS Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in conjunction with a symposium and an evening reception in honor of Dr. Soucek and other award winners.

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Klaus Friedrich

Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Prof. Klaus Friedrich obtained his PhD degree in Materials Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany in 1978. He was associated in 1980 as a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, USA. Funding for this stay as a Feodor Lynen Fellow was received from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Afterwards, i.e. between 1982 and 1990, he worked as a Professor for Polymers and Composites at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. In August 1990, Prof. Friedrich became Research Director for Materials Science at the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

He acts also as a Scientific Board Member of various international journals in the fields of materials science, composites, and tribology. Together with his co-workers he has published more than 800 papers in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings. Further, he is editor of five books on “Friction and Wear of Polymer Composites”, “Application of Fracture Mechanics to Composite Materials”, “Advances in Composites Tribology”, “Polymer Composites: From Nano- to Macro-Scale”, and “Tribology of Polymeric Nanocomposites: Friction and Wear of Bulk Materials and Coatings”, respectively. He holds three honorary professorships from distinguished Chinese universities, and two honorary Dr.-degrees. In 2005, Prof. Friedrich was honoured as a World Fellow of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM). Now, i.e. after his retirement from the director position of IVW, Prof. Friedrich acts as a research consultant for various institutes and industrial companies.

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Prof. Diederik Depla

Ghent University, Belgium

Prof. Dr. D. Depla has received his Master Degree in Chemistry in 1991 at Ghent University (Belgium). In 1996 he promoted with a PhD thesis in Solid State Chemistry on spray drying of precursors for superconductors. After a short period as senior scientist in the Department of Solid State Sciences, he became in 1999 Professor at the same department. His research focuses on the fundamental aspects of reactive magnetron sputter deposition. He has shown the importance of ion implantation on this process, and explained the discharge voltage behavior during reactive sputter deposition. In this way, his continuous research in this area resulted in several publications. He is now head of the research group “Dedicated research on advanced films and targets(DRAFT)” in the same department. More details can be found on www.draft.ugent.be.

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Prof. Rabah Boukherroub

IEMN, UMR/CNRS 8520, Lille University, France

Dr. Rabah Boukherroub received a PhD in chemistry from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. He is currently a CNRS research director and a group leader at the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN), University of Lille, France. He is Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. He is also a guest Professor, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China. His research interests are in the area of nanostructured functional materials, surface chemistry, and photophysics of semiconductor/metal nanostructures with emphasis on biosensors, nanomedicine, photocatalysis and energy-related applications. He is a co-author of 440+ research publications and wrote 31 book chapters in subjects related to nanotechnology, materials chemistry, and biosensors. He has 11 patents or patents pending.

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Dr. Naoufal Bahlawane

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

Naoufal Bahlawane is a Lead Research and Technology Associate at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. He graduated in Physicochemical Analysis and received a PhD in Materials Engineering from Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France. He was awarded the JISTEC and AvH fellowships to perform research at Kyushu National Industrial Research Institute in Japan and at Bielefeld University, Germany. As a research group leader at Bielefeld University, where he obtained a habilitation and Venia Legendi in Physical Chemistry, Naoufal Bahlawane has investigated aspects related to the chemistry of deposition and the interplay between the materials’ structure-properties and surface reactivity. His current research activities rely on surface chemistry for the design of functional and smart coatings with tunable physicochemical properties to address specific needs as those associated with optics, thermal management and energy storage.

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Dr. Mark D. Soucek

University of Akron, USA

Dr. Mark Soucek, a professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron, will be awarded the prestigious American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings. This major award, which recognizes outstanding individual achievements and noteworthy contributions to coatings science, technology and engineering, confirms PMSE's long-standing and continuing support and dedication to excellence in the science, technology and engineering of coatings. During Dr. Soucek's exceptional career in the field of polymer coatings, he has made significant scientific contributions to the field, pioneered innovations and trained students in cutting edge coatings technology. Many of those students are now leaders in the field. Recognized as a leader in drying oil technologies, especially with regard to bio-based feedstocks, he has published more than 25 scientific papers in that area. He was also a major contributor to the renaissance of alkyd technology. He is among the leading authorities in reactive diluent technologies, replacing VOCs with solvating bio-based liquids that dissolve the polymeric binder and then participate in the film formation by reactive crosslinking into the coating. Dr. Soucek's research contributions have been well recognized by the coatings technical community. He has twice been awarded the Roon Award: once for his work with thermosetting latexes, and again for developing a new class of alkyd coatings. He was the recipient of the inaugural Gordon Award by the Coatings Tech Conference in 2000, and he was selected as a Gordon Award finalist for his work in UV-curable bio-based polymers in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, Mark received honorable mention for the Gordon Award for his core-shell latex work and UV-curing of unsaturated polyesters. Also in 2004, he was awarded the Innovation Award by Radtech (the European association for UV/EB technology) for his work in UV-curable coatings. He received the The Society for Protective Coatings Editor's Award for his work "Self-Stratifying Corrosion Resistant Coatings," and has published >150 peer reviewed technical papers on coating science, 15 book chapters. Dr. Soucek has 15 issued U.S. patents and pending patent applications. The Tess Award consists of $3,000 and an engraved plaque and will be presented at the Fall 2016 ACS Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in conjunction with a symposium and an evening reception in honor of Dr. Soucek and other award winners.

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Dr. Csaba Balázsi

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Dr. Csaba Balázsi (MSc-1993, PhD-2000, DSc-2014) is a Scientific Advisor in Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He is metallurgical engineer with 20+ years of practice in various physical and chemical technologies of nanocomposite manufacturing, including ceramic processing, nano-milling, hydrothermal, powder metallurgy, sintering, electrospinning. His research area is covering R&D of high performance materials for medical, sensor and high temperature applications. He was involved in the development of nanoporous hexagonal tungsten oxide materials for gas sensorics, carbon nanotube/graphene nano-platelet added silicon nitride ceramic composites for tribological applications and several other nanocomposites, including nano-oxide dispersion strengthened steels for nuclear/HT applications and polymer based biocompatible composites for orthopedics. He is co-author in 170 publications (100 in ISI journals), 9 patents, he has 1300 independent citations, H index 22. He is principal investigator or co-PI in several national (OTKA, NKTH, TéT, Eötvös, Bolyai) and international (FP7, NATO, NSF, ESA, EIT KIC RAW) research grants. Earlier, he was head of the Ceramics and Nanocomposite Department, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences for 7 years. Director of Materials Science and Technology Institute (BAY-ATI) between 2013 July – 2015 January and Head of Advanced Materials Department, Engineering Divison until October 2015. He is a member of scientific societies as American Ceramic Society (ACERS), European Materials Research Society (EMRS), Scientific Society of Silicate Industry – President of Fine Ceramics section (SZTE), European Ceramic Society – Member of Council Board (ECERS), Young Researchers Board – Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bolyai Advisory Board Member – HAS, Member American Nano Society, Hungarian Society of Materials Science – Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS).

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Prof. Carsten Gachot

Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Carsten Gachot received his PhD from the Saarland University in Germany in 2012 where he studied the effects of laser interference patterning on the microstructure and topography of metallic surfaces with a focus on tribological applications under Prof. Dr. Frank Mücklich and Prof. Dr. Martin H. Müser. For this work, Dr. Gachot was awarded by the European Honda initiation grant in 2011. Prof. Gachot was academic visitor at the tribology Group at the Imperial College London and is currently the head of the tribology research Group at the Vienna University of Technology. Additionally, Prof. Gachot is a visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago de Chile and chief editor of the peer reviewed journal "Industrial Lubrication and Tribology of the Emerald Publishing Group Leeds UK.

Research Topics

  • Tribofilm formation in machine elements
  • Materials Tribology
  • Surface Engineering
  • Wear Processes
  • Contact Mechanics at different length scales
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Prof. Auezhan Amanov

Sun Moon University, Rep. of Korea

Prof. Auezhan Amanov is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sun Moon University, Korea. Prof. Amanov received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Sun Moon University in 2011. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo University of Science (Japan) from 2012 to 2014. After successful completion of his 2-year postdoc fellowship, he was a visiting professor at Doshisha University (Japan) before joining Sun Moon University in 2014. He is a member of STLE, TMS, ASM and AIST societies (USA). He got the Best Paper Awards at SMT28 in Tampere, Finland and NanoToday 2015” in Dubai, UAE in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He has published over 80 papers in various international journals. He also served as a guest editor for a special issue “Tribological Behavior of Materials by Surface Engineering”. His recent research interest focuses on thermal-mechanical surface modification of metallic materials including 3D printed metallic materials, thin Si wafers, etc. through the application of severe plastic deformation (SPD) that refines coarse grains into nano-sized grains.

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Prof. Abdel Salam Hamdy Makhlouf

Integrated Mechanical Material Corrosion Consulting, USA

Professor Abdel Salam Hamdy Makhlouf is the Vice President of Integrated Mechanical Material Corrosion Consulting (IM2C), Texas, USA, a Full Professor at Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute, Egypt, and a Former Full Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at University of Texas, USA. He has 27 years of experience working in R&D with a blend of both industrial and academic leadership. He is the recipient of numerous national and international prizes and awards including the Humboldt Research Award for Experienced Scientists, at Max Planck Institute, Germany; Fulbright Scholar, NSF, and Dept. of Energy Fellowships, USA; Shoman Award in Engineering Science; and the State Prize of Egypt in Advanced Science and Technology, and more. He is a member of TMS-USA, EPSRC-UK, European Science Foundation - College of Expert Reviewers, Fulbright Alumni, Alexander von Humboldt Alumni, Max Planck Institute Alumni, etc.

Dr. Makhlouf has published over 200 journal articles, as well as 17 books and handbooks for Springer and Elsevier on a broad range of cross‐disciplinary research fields including advanced multifunctional materials, nanotechnology, smart coatings, corrosion, biomaterials, waste/water treatment, and materials for energy applications.  Dr. Makhlouf has served as both a Senior Editor and board member of many international journals, as well as a reviewer for several international funding agencies in USA, Germany, UK, Qatar, Belgium, EU, Georgia, Kazakhstan. He is a Consultant and Reviewer for several universities such as Ghent University, University of Luxembourg, University of Texas, Al-Imam University, American University in Sharjah, Tezpur University, Jazan University, King Saud University, University of Hail, and Advisory Editor for Elsevier USA. He effectively supervised and graduated 10 PhD and master’s students, and 3 postdoctoral scientists.

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Dr. Ingrid Milošev

Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Ingrid Milošev is the Head of Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She received her BSc at the Universiy of Zagreb in 1986 and PhD at the University Ljubljana in 1993. She is elected full professor at the Jožef Stefan International Postgradute School and is also a research scientist at the Valdoltra Orthopaedic Hospital. Her main research interests are corrosion and degradation of engineering and biomedical metallic materials in different environments, and various modes of corrosion protection from inhibitors to coatings. She is in charge of the implant retrieval programme at the Valdoltra Hospital. Dr. Milošev received the Zois Certificate of Recognition in the Republic of Slovenia in 2011 for significant achievements in research. She published over 130 scientific papers in international journals and six chapters in scientific books.

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Prof. Bert Ellingboe

Dublin City University, Ireland

Albert R. Ellingboe, PhD. Has been Research Director of the Plasma Research Laboratory at  Dublin  City  University  since  2000.  In  this  role  he  heads  a  group that  develops  the engineering-physics of plasma sources and their applications. Most recently the group has invented  engineering  systems  that  enable  the  application  of  scalable,  high-VHF, capacitively coupled, plasma sources for large area applications including 450mm and LCD manufacturing.Prior to joining DCU, Dr. Ellingboe was Sr. Member of Engineering Staff at Lam Research Corp.  where  he  was  the  key  technologist  in  the  development  of  the  300mm  Exelan dielectric etch chamber including design and development of the rf-system, the plasma facing components, and the gas distribution and pumping. Prior to Lam Dr. Ellingboe help positions at AKT, Varian, and IBM, with responsibilities of R&D leading to tech transfer to manufacturing.Dr. Ellingboe received a BS degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the USA, and a PhD in Plasma Physics from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

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Prof. Marcela Bilek

University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Marcela Bilek holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, a BSc from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Prior to her present appointment as Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Sydney (since 2000), she worked as a visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, USA, held a visiting Professorship at the Technische Universitat Hamburg-Harburg in Germany and a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Professor Bilek heads the Applied and Plasma Physics Research Group. Research projects in these areas are a stimulating mix of fundamental physics and practical applications, in areas which include materials physics, plasma deposition and processing, thin film materials, vacuum glazing, renewable and sustainable energy and cross-disciplinary research in the areas of biointerfaces and medicine.

Marcela has received a number of honours for her work including the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2002, an ARC Federation Fellowship and an MIT TR100 Young Innovator award in 2003, the Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal in 2004 an Australian Innovation Challenge Award in 2011 and an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. In 2013 she was elected to the Fellowship of the American Physical Society (APS) "for outstanding contributions to the physics of plasma processing, resulting in plasma sources, processes and materials with applications to industries ranging from information technology to biomedicine". In 2015 she was elected to the Fellowship of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the science and application of plasma processes for materials modification and synthesis".

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Prof. Tiberiu Minea

Paris-Sud University, France

Tiberiu MINEA is the Director since 2015 of the first plasma physics laboratory in France - Laboratory of Physics of Gases and Plasma (LPGP) - founded in 1965 at University Paris-Sud. He got full Professor position since 2008 in the same University, the Docent degree in 2006 and the Ph.D. in 1998. He is the head of the group Theory and Modeling of Plasmas-Discharge and Surfaces at LPGP since 2006. Prior, he was full time CNRS senior scientist with the Jean Rouxel Material Institute in Nantes, France. He coordinated over thirty research projects and has been involved in many others. His research is deeply related to plasma physics and plasma processing, particularly coating and novel plasma devices for technological applications. In 2016 he was awarded by the Romanian Academy of Science. He was the president of the Plasma division of the French Physical Society (2010-2013), the President of the French Federation of the Scientific Societies (F2S) formed by the Physical, Optical, Electrical and Vacuum Societies (2014-2017). At present, he is the Vice-President of the F2S and the President of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the French Vacuum Society (FVS) since 2013 where he acts as member of the board since 2008.

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Prof. Tomasz Liskiewicz

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Tomasz has 20 years of international academic and engineering experience from leading research institutions in the UK, France, Canada and Poland. His research interests focus on surface engineering and tribology of functional surfaces, with a particular interest in understanding the engineering coatings, its architectures and optimization for enhanced functions.

His work has been published in such journals as Surface & Coatings Technology, Wear, Tribology International, and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. It has been presented at international conferences that include the World Tribology Congress, International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films, and Plasma Surface Engineering.

Tomasz holds a doctorate in Tribology from École Centrale de Lyon, France, and MSc degree in Materials Science from Lodz University of Technology, Poland. He spent two years in Alberta, Canada, working as a Senior Scientist in Charter Coating leading material testing projects for oil and gas industry.

Tomasz has taught BSc, MSc and PhD-level courses on tribology, surface engineering and thermofluids. He was elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in London, where he acts as a Chair of the Tribology Group Committee. Tomasz has editorial position at Taylor & Francis Tribology journal and contributed invited book chapters on surface engineering and micro-mechanical characterisation methods.

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