Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings Technologies International conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Sally McArthur

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Sally McArthur is an CSIRO OCE Science Leader in Biomaterials and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology.

Professor McArthur’s personal research couples materials, surface engineering, physical science, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Using these tools, she creates novel interfaces capable of eliciting specific physical and biological responses. Her CSIRO OCE Science Leader role focuses on the development of 3D tissue model systems as new in vitro test platforms for the biomaterials, pharmaceutical and medical/bio technologies sectors. As part of the Future Science Platform in Probing Biosystems, her team works on the development of 3D skin models for reproducing infection and inflammation processes.

Professor McArthur leads the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victoria (ANFF-Vic) Biointerface Engineering Hub, an open access facility for academic and industry researchers to gain expert support to connect biology with technology. As an engineering researcher Sally has obtained approximately $20 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in the UK and Australia, including the $1.8 million ARC Industrial Transformational Training Centre in Biodevices launched at Swinburne in 2015.

EU project: High-Quality Graphene Dispersion in Water for Anti-Corrosion Applications.


Dr. Csaba Balázsi

Centre for Energy Research, Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Hungary

Dr. Csaba Balázsi (MSc-1993, PhD-2000, DSc-2014) is a Scientific Advisor in Centre for Energy Research, Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Centre of Excellence 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 220 publications (130 in ISI journals), 9 patents, he achieved 3500 citations (Google Scholar), H index 30. He is principal investigator or co-PI in several national (OTKA, NKFIH, TéT, Eötvös, Bolyai) and international (FP7, NATO, NSF, ESA, EIT KIC RAW, Flag-ERA, NKFIH-TÜBITAK) 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, Bay Zoltan Ltd.), Head of Advanced Materials Department, Engineering Divison till 2016.

He is President of Fine Ceramics section of the Hungarian Scientific Society of Silicate Industry (SZTE) and Representative of SZTE in International Ceramic Federation (ICF), Member of Council Board and Permanent Executive Committee (ECerS), Member of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), European Materials Research Society (EMRS), Bolyai Technical Science Committee Member (HAS), Member American Nano Society. He served as Board Member of the Hungarian Society of Materials Science (MAE), Executive Committee Member of Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) and Steering Committee Member of Energy Materials Industry Research Innitiative (EMIRI).

He organized several international conferences, was acting as chair of ECERS2017 (Budapest), FEMS Junior EUROMAT2018 (Budapest), EMRS Fall Meeting Symposia (Warsaw) with topic in ceramics based nanocomposites in 2009, 2012 and co-chair of WoCERam2019 (Budapest). Awards: Bolyai Plaqett (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Fellow of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS), Gabor Dennis award (Novofer Foundation), ACerS Global Amassador (ACerS).


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.