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

University of Lyon, 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

Sun Moon University, Rep. of Korea

Prof. Auezhan Amanov is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sun Moon University, Korea Prof. Amanov 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. 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.




Prof. Maria Clelia Righi

University of Bologna, Italy

M. Clelia Righi is Full Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Bologna University. Her research activity focuses on the development and application of computational methods to understand and predict the behaviour of materials from first principles, particularly of surface and interface phenomena.

She adopted pioneering computational approaches in tribology and applied them for understanding chemical reactions activated by mechanical stresses and designing materials to reduce friction. In 2019 she received an ERC consolidator grant for the project “Advancing solid interfaces and lubricants by first principles material design” (SLIDE).

M. Clelia Righi is visiting professor at the Imperial College London, UK. She collaborates with different multinational companies and international experimental labs. She is part of the editorial boards of Coatings, Lubricants, Lubrication Science, and Scientific Reports.


Prof. Michael Keidar

The George Washington University, USA

Michael Keidar is A. James Clark Professor of Engineering. His research concerns plasma physics and engineering with application in plasma medicine, advanced spacecraft propulsion, and plasma-based nanotechnology. He has authored over 300 journal articles, 300 conference papers, author of textbook “Plasma Engineering” and Editor of book “Plasma Cancer Therapy”. He received 2017 Davidson award for plasma physics. In 2016 he received AIAA Engineer of the Year award for his work on micropropulsion resulted in successful launch of nanosatellite with thrusters developed by his laboratory. He received Plasma Medicine Award in 2021 for his contribution to plasma medicine. Prof. Keidar serves as an Editor in Chief of Journal of Electric Propulsion, Associate editor of AIP Advances, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences and member of editorial board of many journals. He is elected Fellow of National Academy of Investors, Fellow of American Physical Society and Fellow of American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics. He is elected President of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society.


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. Mitjan Kalin

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Kalin’s areas of research are the wear and friction mechanisms of advanced materials, nanoscale interface phenomena, and boundary films for novel green-lubrication technologies, including his recognized contribution to the lubrication of DLC coatings. He has given 55 invited lectures world-wide and has published over 170 peer-reviewed journal papers with 4000 citations and an H-index of 36. He also published 10 book chapters, 3 books and holds 11 patents, including USA and EU patents. In his career he has led 40 large, 3-year projects, half of them international. He also collaborated in industrial projects with renowned companies in Europe, Japan and the USA in over 150 R&D projects. He has received several awards, including the ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award (2006) and Fellow of STLE (2012). He is a member of International engineering academy and Slovenian Academy of Engineering. Since 2012 he serves as the Editor of Lubrication Science. He is a Full Professor and in term of 2017-2021 the Dean at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he is the Head of the Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology. He is also elected as Executive Board Member and Deputy President of the International Tribology Council (ITC).


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".


Dr. Nadeem Qaiser

KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Nadeem Qaiser received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea. His skills include the use of solid mechanics (Numerical modeling + experimental testing). Currently, he is working as a research scientist at KAUST since March 2017.