The Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces International Conference

Conference Topics

The SurfCoat Korea 2020 conference topics include:

  • Surface treatments and coatings deposition, functionalization, modelling and characterization
  • Interface and interaction science, adhesion and Adhesives
  • Multi-functional, composite/ hybrid, graded and multilayers coatings
  • Smart surfaces and coatings, Self-healing surfaces
  • Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films
  • Graphene coatings/films
  • Hydro-, ice- and oleophobic/philic surfaces
  • Tribological coatings, wear and corrosion protection
  • Cold and Thermal spraying (PVD, CVD, ...), thermochemical, Electro- and electroless plating
  • Surface engineering/ coatings in sustainable energy, conversion, optical, electric, photovoltaic and magnetic applications
  • Biointerfaces, Biomedical/ Bioactive surfaces and coatings

In addition to the conference main sessions, the following focused sessions/Workshops will run in parallel:

Focused session on composite and hybrid coatings


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

Keynote speakers:

  • 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 focused session 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

Focused session on tribological coatings, wear and corrosion protection

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Zhengyi Jiang, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Prof. Auezhan Amanov, Sun Moon University, Rep. of Korea
  • Dr. Xinchun Chen, Tsinghua University, China

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 focused session, 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

Focused session on Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films

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

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Diederik Depla, Ghent University, Belgium

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.

Focused session on Plasma surface engineering


  • Prof. Jose L.Endrino Armenteros, Cranfield University, UK
  • Prof. Xin Tu, University of Liverpool, UK

Keynote speakers :

  • Prof. Bert Ellingboe, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Prof. Uroš Cvelbar, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Description: Surface engineering plays an important role in all kinds of applications in modern science and engineering. Among the surface engineering techniques, plasma surface engineering has been one of the most important and versatile technologies for many years and is still growing rapidly. Plasmas are widely used to modify surface properties without changing the bulk properties. Surface plasma modification permits the change of the intended use of a material or improving its functionalities by introducing new chemical and physical properties on the surface.

With the development of engineering and science on the micro/nano scale, precise control of the surface chemical properties and of the morphological properties is becoming increasingly critical in both fundamental scientific research and applied engineering applications, such as energy, environment, biomedicine, food, etc. Successful plasma process applications include adaptive tribology coatings working at high temperatures or the surface treatment of polymer-based nanoparticles. Another interesting area is hybrid technologies. In this case, plasma technologies can complement or facilitate the application of already-established methods. For example, plasma cleaning prior to bonding and colouring, increasing adhesion between reinforcements and the matrix in composites, or the coating of materials made using additive manufacturing.

Plasma technologies have become then a part of industrial applications that replace or compete with standard technologies. Their potential is expanding thanks to new plasma sources and new techniques. This opens new areas where these technologies have a potential for future application

The aim of this focused session is to present the recent theoretical, experimental, and modelling studies, which would lead to a more wide-spread application of plasma surface engineering. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Plasma and ion surface engineering (ion and plasma sources, new generation of pulse power supplies, HiPIMS)
  • Principles of plasma–surface interaction;
  • Methods of in-situ process diagnostics of plasma treated surface;
  • Simulation and modelling of growth, structure, and properties of plasma-interacted surface;
  • Coatings in contact with water and ice (icephobic surfaces, superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces)
  • Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and applications;
  • Physical vapor deposition through discharge processes;
  • Plasma etching, pattern transfer and related effects and related applications;
  • Plasma cleaning and functionalization;
  • Plasma treatment, plasma cleaning (surface cleaning and functionalization for adhesion and bonding, application on composite materials)
  • Particles and powders in plasma (nanoparticle synthesis, treatment and functionalization of nanoparticle surfaces)
  • Plasma–surface interaction (simulation and modelling, surface modifications)
  • Analytics of film structures;
  • Adaptive tribological coatings (high temperature tribological coatings, self-lubricating coatings)
  • Flexible coatings (abrasion resistant coatings, hard nanocomposite coatings, self-healing coatings)
  • Biomedical and biological applications (biocompatible and biodegradable coatings, biofunctionalization of surfaces, agricultural applications)

Focused session on Corrosion and anti-corrosive coatings

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Francisco J. Pérez Trujillo, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

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 session 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

Focused session on Interface and interaction science, adhesion and Adhesives

Description: This session 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

Focused session 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