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.


Dr. Krasimir Vasilev

ITEE, University of South Australia, Australia

Dr Krasimir Vasilev obtained a chemical Engineering degree and MSc in Polymer Science and Technology from  University of Technology of Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria in 1997.  After three years of experience in the petrochemical industry, in 2001 he commenced PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He was awarded PhD in 2004. After a short postdoctoral stay as a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Genomics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg, France, in 2005 he joined the Ian Wark Research Institute, UniSA as Research Associate. In December 2007, he moved to Mawson Institute as a Research Fellow. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in March 2009. In 2010, he was awarded an Australian Future Fellowship and promoted to Associate Professor in January 2012.


Prof. Stéphane Béchu

CNRS- Grenoble University, France

S. Béchu received the Ph.D. degree in Molecular Physics from Paris-Sud University, France, in 1996. He obtained a permanent position at CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) as researcher in 1997. He is research director at CNRS since 2017. His first field of interest was electric propulsion at ICARE lab. in Orleans (France) where he developed plasma diagnostics. Since 2004, at LPSC Lab. in Grenoble (France) his body of research is devoted to plasma diagnostics and ECR (2.45 GHz) plasma sources. Recently, he performed VUV-absorption experiments at SOLEIL synchrotron (DESIRS beam line) on H2, D2 ro-vibrationally excited molecules.


Dr. Himanshu H Mishra

King Fahd University of Science and Technology, KSA

Dr. Himanshu Mishra is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and a principal investigator at the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at KAUST. His research Group investigates fundamentals of wetting, surface forces, and chemistries at interfaces of water and hydrophobic media, such as air, oils, and coatings. Applications include coating-free drag reduction and boosting water-use efficiency in desert agriculture. Articles based on his research have appeared in Nature Communications, ACS journals, JCIS, and PNAS.


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.


Dr. Fabio Palumbo

University of Bari, Italy

Expert in plasma processing and chemical characterization of surfaces for various industrial application. Nowadays the research activity is mainly focused on the following fields:

  • Plasma deposition of inorganic thin films as dielectrics in microelectronics and for the corrosion protection
  • Plasma deposition of Pt containing films as catalytic electrodes in fuel cells
  • Nanotexturing processing of polymers for super-hydrophobic/hydrophilic materials

Dr. Oriol Rius-Ayra

University of Barcelona, Spain


Dr. M. Abdul Samad

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, KSA

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Samad is an Associate Professor and the Director of Tribology Lab in the ME Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, KSA. He earned his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, Singapore. His main research interests include Micro\Nano tribology, thin films, coatings and surface engineering, polymer nano-composites, polymer nanocomposite coatings, and optimization techniques such as Taguchi methodology. He has about 80 journal papers in reputed journals on wide-ranging subjects and he presented his work at renowned conferences. He has been a principal investigator and a co-investigator in numerous funded projects and he is a recipient of the “Excellence in Research Award” in 2019 at KFUPM.


Prof. Alicia de Andrés

Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC), Spain

Prof. Alicia de Andrés is PhD in Physics by the Autonomous University of Madrid and, since 2008, Research Professor at the Materials Science Institute in Madrid – Spanish Council for Scientific Research (ICMM - CSIC).  Leader of the Graphene based hybrid materials group and head of the Optical Spectroscopies Laboratory. She has authored over 150 ISI publications and leaded or participated in projects funded by national, regional and European agencies as well as industrial companies.

Her research over the past 15 years has focused on the development and study of materials with applications in spintronics and optoelectronics seeking the correlation between properties and structure/morphology at nano and micro scales. She is regular user of synchrotron radiation facilities. At present her interests are mainly focused in:


  • Graphene and graphene oxide for optoelectronics: design and fabrication of hybrid materials with optimal synergy of organic semiconductors, inorganic nanoparticles and graphene properties for applications as transparent electrodes and nanostructured active layers in PVs, LEDs, sensors and SERS imaging.
  • Materials for lighting: Study, design and growth of hybrid materials and devices for applications in lighting, optical thermometry and phosphors. The focused materials are rare earth doped nanoparticles and metal organic frameworks with rare earths.