Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference

Conference Topics

The Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference - SICT 2022 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 (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
  • Bio-interfaces, Biomedical/ Bioactive surfaces and coatings

In addition to the main conference sessions covering the above event topics, different focus sessions/symposia  and EU projects workshops are planned within the conference program. These focus sessions offer the conference participants the opportunity to go more into depth with one specific topic. SCIT 2022 includes the following EU projects workshops and focus sessions:

i-TRIBOMAT: The European Tribology Centre (EU H2020 Workshop) : Intelligent Open Test Bed for Materials Tribological Characterisation Services

i-TRIBOMAT will provide the world’s first Open Innovation Test Bed dedicated to validating and up-scaling new materials, thereby enabling intelligent Tribological Materials Characterisation and fostering industrial innovation in the European manufacturing industry.

Wherever moving bodies are in contact, the constitutive materials contributing to friction and wear determining the tribological performance of engineering components and machines. To facilitate the intelligent tribological materials characterisation i-TRIBOMAT integrates the most important tribological testing facilities at EU level with user-driven IT tools to validate new materials for components. The ultimate goal of i-TRIBOMAT is to reduce costs and time-to-market, when up-scaling materials.

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ReSISTant EU Project Workshop: Drag Reducing Surfaces (Riblets)- Simulations, high resistant nano-coatings development, applications and new manufacturing processes for future worldwide applications

“ReSiSTant” targets the optimization of two industrial pilot lines by using micro- and nanostructured surfaces for drag reduction. The objectives are to implement new developed surfaces into 1) Aircraft Turbofan Engines and 2) Industrial Compressors. Positive effects by usage of such surface could give benefits in terms of efficiency, CO2 reduction and noise emission and further on a positive economic and ecological impact.

To enable the usage of such micro- and nanostructures, special development on the surface material for better durability in rough conditions has to be done. It is planned to do nano-functionalization, like implementing nanostructures and nanoparticles for better resistance in rough conditions. Riblets basically consist of tiny streamwise grooved surfaces which reduce the drag in the turbulent boundary layer of up to 8%. Surface modifications such as riblets are the most promising technology that could be applied without additional external energy or additional amount of air.

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Focus session on Multifunctional composite and hybrid coatings

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Maria Beatrice Coltelli, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Dr. Véronic Landry, University of Laval, Canada

Session Topics: The session will cover the following themes:

  • New chemical ways to produce 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

Focus session on surface nanoengineering, nano-coatings and ultra-thin films

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Alicia de Andrés, Materials Science Institute of Madrid, Spain
  • Prof. James G Broughton, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Dr. Ramón Escobar Galindo, University of Seville, Spain

Invited speakers:

  • Dr. Oriol Rius-Ayra, University of Barcelona, Spain

Session Topics:

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 nano-coatings
  • 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 nano-coatings characterisation methods
  • Hard, wear and corrosion/oxidation resistant coatings
  • Nano-coatings 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.

Focus session on graphene and 2D materials-based coatings

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Enric Bertran-Serra, Barcelona University, Spain
  • Prof. Raman Singh, Monash University, Australia

Session topics:

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)
  • Other inorganic 2D structures (layered titanates)

Focus session on corrosion and anti-corrosive coatings

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Mustafa Urgen, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Prof. Mai Thanh Tung, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam

Session topics:

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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

Focus session on interface and interaction science, adhesion, and Adhesives

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Giuseppe Carbone, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Session topics:

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

Focus session on biointerfaces and bioactive coatings

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Sally McArthur, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Dr. Csaba Balázsi, Centre for Energy Research, Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Hungary
  • Dr. Krasimir Vasilev, University of South Australia, Australia

Session topics:

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