Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Sandra Carvalho

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Sandra Carvalho (F) is Full Professor at University of Coimbra. She was Vice-Director of Physics Department (University of Minho) between 2011 – 2013 and 2015-2016. She received her B.A.Sc. Physics and Chemistry at the University of Minho, Portugal in 1994, where she obtained also her PhD degree in Physics in 2004, with a work carried out in Portugal, France, Netherlands and Germany, in the field of hard PVD coatings. Presently, she is Coordinator of the Research Surface Modification and Functionalization Group within Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes (CEMMPRE) and Centre of Physics from Universities of Minho and Porto (CFUM-UP). Her research activity is focused on the development of new decorative, protective and functional coatings for many different parts and components made of metals, plastics, glass, textiles, leathers, and other materials. She is deeply involved in innovative nanoscale coating architectures for functional and smart surfaces such as flexible devices and bio-sensors, low friction and wear nanostructured coatings, nanostructured materials with barrier and antimicrobial properties, nanoparticles and 3D nanostructures. She is head of the Laboratory of Corrosion and Electrochemical studies. She participated in more than 36 projects at National and European levels, 26 of them as coordinator. She supervised/co-supervised 9 Post Docs, 14 PhD students (10 concluded) and 44 MSc (37 concluded).  She has 3 submitted patents, more than 125 papers published in international ISI journals, 3 book chapters, and more than 2300 citations, h-index 27, (scopus). She is member from European Joint Committee on Plasma and Ion Surface Engineering and member from Executive Committee of Advanced Surface Engineering Division (ASED) of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). She is Vice-President from Portuguese Materials Society. She acted as Advisory board of PSE2014 held in Germany, as Scientific Committee of PSE2016, PSE2018, PSE2020, PSE2022 that were held in Germany, and participated as member of organizing committee of national and international conferences. She will be chairwoman from Junior Euromat 2022. She is editor of Materials (MDPI) Journal.


Prof. Juliette Cayer-Barrioz

LTDS - Ecole centrale de Lyon - CNRS UMR5513, France

Juliette Cayer-Barrioz graduated in physics in 1998 and in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 2000 before obtaining her PhD in Materials Science from Centrale Lyon in 2003 and her habilitation in 2011. Since 2005, she has been associated with the CNRS. Her research activities at the Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes (LTDS) focus on the dynamics of lubricated interfaces, integrating surface phenomena, topography and physico-chemistry. Her multidisciplinary approach - based on unique experimental devices, numerical simulation and theoretical modelling - combines physics, interfacial chemistry and mechanics, rheology and friction. Now editor of Tribology Letters, prime journal addressing the fundamentals of tribology, she develops many international collaborations and co-organises the International Nanotribology Forum.

Her teaching activities at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, and beyond, address the physics and chemistry of interfaces and the rheology of complex media.


Prof. Jochen Schein

University of Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany

Jochen Schein studied electrical engineering at the Ruhr University and had his Phd in plasma technology in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he was a postdoc in plasma diagnostics at the Department for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (USA). He then moved to Alameda Applied Sciences Corp. as a Principal Scientist. in California (USA), where he worked in the field of satellite propulsion. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the National Ignition Facility's fusion experiments in that laboratory. Since August 2006 he is a professor at the Institute for Plasma Technology and Mathematics within the Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. His research interests are in plasma physics, plasma technology and satellite propulsion.



Prof. Raman Singh

Monash University, Australia

Professor Raman Singh’s primary research interests are in the relationship of Nano-/microstructure and Environment-assisted degradation and fracture of metallic and composite materials, and Nanotechnology for Advanced Mitigation of such Degradations. He has also worked extensively on use of advanced materials (e.g., graphene) for corrosion mitigation, and stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion and corrosion-mitigation of magnesium alloys (including for the use of magnesium alloys for aerospace, defence and bioimplant applications).

Prof Singh’s professional distinctions and recognitions include: editor of a unique book on non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of corrosion, editor of a book on cracking of welds, editor-in-chief of two journals, member the Editorial Boards of a few journals,  leader/chairperson of a few international conferences and regular plenary/keynote lectures at international conferences, over 235 peer-reviewed international journal publications, 15 book chapters/books and over 100 reviewed conference publications, and several competitive research grants (that includes 4 Discovery, 7 Linkage and one ITRH grants of Australian Research Council).

Prof Singh has supervised 50 PhD students.  His vibrant research group at Monash University comprised/comproses of PhD students from different disciplines (Mechanical, Chemical, Materials and Civil  Engineering, and Science) as well as from different cultural backgrounds (Australian, Middle-eastern, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, African, American and Israeli).


Prof. Auezhan Amanov

Tampere University, Finland

Prof. Auezhan Amanov is currently professor at Tampere University, Finland. He joined in 2015 the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sun Moon University, Rep of Korea as associate professor. Prof. Amanov was a director of the Institute for Manufacturing System Technology. He 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. He is a member of STLE, TMS, ASM, AIST, and KTS societies. He got several Best Paper Awards (SMT28, NanoToday 2015, MSEA2018, etc. He has published over 150 papers in various international peer-reviewed journals with a Hirsch index of 31. His recent research interests focus on materials engineering, tribology, corrosion, and fatigue properties of materials including coatings and additive manufacturing through the application of surface severe plastic deformation (S2PD).


Prof. Margaret M. Stack,

University of Strathclyde, UK

Professor Margaret Stack, BE MSc PhD DSc has been based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, since January 2001. She was awarded a DSc from UMIST (University of Manchester) in 2003 based on her published work. She is the author of 140 papers on wear (solid particle erosion, sliding wear and micro-abrasion) of materials in corrosive environments and has presented the work at over 50 national and international conferences. Much of her work has focused on the development of mechanistic maps to describe materials behaviour in tribo-corrosion conditions (in dry and in wet environments), and on the development of mathematical models of these processes. Professor Stack is a member of several editorial boards including Tribology International and Open Applied Physics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is currently the UK representative to the EFC working party on Tribo-Corrosion.

Professor Margaret Stack research interests include tribo-corrosion of engineering materials in oil and gas conversikon, renewable energy technologies and bio-medical engineering environments. The interactions of tribology and corrosion are complex and they involve many different variables. Professor Stack has pioneered the concept of the tribo-corrosion map in aqueous conditions which addresses this issue and provides an engineering tool for controlling the process and optimizing the material surface modification for exposure to these environments. She has presented her work at over 70 conferences to date and has published over 200 papers.


Prof. Holger Kersten

University Kiel, Germany

Holger Kersten is a Professor at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at University of Kiel, Germany since 2006. Prior Professor Kersten was the head of the plasma processes group at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) in Greifswald, Germany. The focus of his research includes basic studies on the interaction of plasmas with surfaces, complex plasmas and their applications in plasma technology. In 1999, he received the Greifswald Plasma Physics Prize in recognition of his research. Professor Kersten was furthermore the president of the German Society for Plasma Technology from 2009 to 2013. He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal Techniques and Instrumentation (EPJTI) and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University.




Dr. Qi Hua Fan

Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Qi Hua Fan received his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Aveiro in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor at Michigan State University with joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He is also a member of the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies. Dr. Fan’s research interests include plasma sources for large-area coatings and plasma processing of nanostructured materials for energy harvesting, energy storage, and electro-optical devices. Dr. Fan teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in ECE and CheMS departments. Typical courses include Plasma-Assisted Materials Processing, Thin Film Optics and Engineering, and Materials Science.


Prof. Eduardo Guzman Solis

Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Eduardo Guzmán, Associate Professor at the Physico-Chemistry Department and researcher at the Multi-disciplinary Institute in the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), received his MSc in Chemistry and in Science and Technology of Colloids and Interfaces, and his PhD in Science at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). After his PhD, he worked for a period of four years at the Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interface in Genoa (Italy), after which he returned to his alma mater. He has published more than 100 papers in JCR journals and 12 chapters in books (, H-index 35, and has co-authored more than 100 contributions to different national and international conferences. His main research interests are LbL assembly, interfacial rheology, drug delivery, biophysics, cosmetics, and pest control. He has been the supervisor of 4 PhD students, 12 Master students and 30 undergraduate students. He has been involved in 2 EU and 6 Spanish-funded founded I+D grants and has been scientifically responsible for 5 cooperation projects between academia and industry. He is a member of the editorial board of different scientific journals, including Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Colloids and Interfaces, Coatings (Editor in Chief of the Section “Liquid-Fluid Interfaces”) and Polymers, and has edited special issues in Coatings, Processes, Polymers, and Advances in Colloid and Interface Science.


Dr. Gianpiero Colonna

CNR-ISTP-Bari, Italy

Graduated in Physics and PhD in Chemistry, he worked on the self-consistent modeling of gas discharges, high enthalpy flows, laser induced plasma and statistical thermodynamics. His bibliography record on WoS contains more than 200 titles. He was coauthor of two books of the series "Fundamental aspects of plasma chemical-physics" (thermodynamics and kinetics) and co-edited the book "Plasma Modeling: Methods and Applications".


Prof. Meital Zilberman

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Zilberman holds an appointment of Full Professor at the Department of  Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Tel Aviv University. Her research interests are polymeric biomaterials, active implants and scaffolds for tissue engineering, and drug- delivery systems. During 2015-2020 she served as the president of Israel Society for Medical and Biological Engineering. She published more than 100 articles in the top Biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering and Polymers journals, invented over 30 patents, and delivered about 250 presentations (invited talks keynote and plenary lectures). Among her prizes and awards are the prestigious JULUDAN award which recognizes outstanding research that enhances man's welfare and prolong human life, and the Journal of Wound Care world first place innovation award.



Dr. Sónia Simões

University of Porto, Portugal

Sónia Simões is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of University of Porto. She graduated in 2006 and completed a PhD degree in 2011, in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Later, she received a Post-Doc grant in Materials Science and Engineering. She is currently a member of INEGI (Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) of the Materials and Manufacturing Processes research group of LAETA (Associate Laboratory of Energy, Transports, and Aeronautics). Sónia Simões has participated in some Materials Science and Engineering projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and European Commission. During the last years, her research mainly addressed the study of microstructural and mechanical characterization of nanomaterials, thin films, multilayers, joining interfaces, carbon nanotubes and nanocomposites. In particular, she is interested in understanding the relationships between the microstructure and the properties of materials and the fundamental underlying mechanisms of structural and property changes induced by some microstructure features (grain growth, formation of new phases…). Since 2006, she has accumulated valuable experience in advanced transmission electron microscopy, which has been an extremely important tool in developing research work.


Dr. Wangzhong Mu

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Wangzhong Mu, is currently a Docent (Assoc. Prof./Senior Lecturer level qualification) of Sustainable Metallurgy and a Digital Futures Faculty Member at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. He obtained his Ph.D. degree (2015) from KTH, and bachelor & master degree from Northeastern University (China). Besides, he has also worked at McMaster University (Canada), Tohoku University (Japan), and Ferritico AB (Sweden) after Ph.D.

His research experience and interest focus on sustainable metallurgy, steelmaking (in particular non-metallic inclusion control), intelligent material design, and multiscale characterization, etc. He has published over 60 academic papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and presented over ten times at international conferences as keynote/invited speakers. He serves as the active organizers and advisor members of several international metallurgical conferences including TMS, CSSCR, IPES, etc. Meanwhile, he serves as the PI for over ten international and national levels research grants from e.g. EU EIT RawMateiral, VINNOVA (Swedish Innovation Agency), SSF (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research), etc.