The International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces

Conference Topics

The SurfCoat Korea 2018 conference topics include:


  • Surface treatments and coatings deposition processes

  • Surface engineering and functionalization

  • Characterization of engineered surfaces

  • Surfaces and coatings properties/ Performance

  • Interface and interaction science

  • Electro- and electroless plating

  • Cold and Thermal spraying

  • Thermochemical surface engineering

  • Thin film by PVD, CVD, and ALD

  • Novel surface modification technologies

  • Conversion coatings

  • Additive manufacturing of surfaces

  • Surface engineering in sustainable energy applications

  • Biomedical/ Bioactive surfaces and coatings

  • Biointerfaces

  • Optical, electric, photovoltaic and magnetic coatings

  • Hydro-, ice- and oleophobic/philic surfaces

  • Multi-functional, composite/ hybrid, graded and multilayers coatings

  • Smart surfaces and coatings

  • Self-healing surfaces

  • Modelling of simulation of coating

  • Surface nanoengineering

  • Nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films

  • Graphene coatings/films

  • Tribological coatings

  • Wear and corrosion protection

  • Adhesion and Adhesives


Focused sessions:


In addition to the conference sessions, other focused sessions will run in parallel including:


Session on interface magnetism in thin films


Prof. Saibal Basu, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre- Mumbai, India.


Session on thin film/ coatings tribology


Prof. Albano Cavaleiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Dr. Quanshun Luo, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Prof. Sandra Carvalho, University of. Minho, Portugal


Invited speakers:

         - Dr. Ronghua Wei, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, USA

         - Prof. Tomas Polcar, n-CATS, University of Southampton, UK

         - Prof. Sandra Carvalho, University of Minho, Portugal

         - Prof. Feng Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

         - Dr. Shuncai Wang, nCATS, University of Southampton, UK

         - Dr. Giovanni Ramírez, Bruker Nano Surfaces, California, USA


This Focused Session is directed to tribologists, materials scientists and engineers who are developing research activities in areas where coatings and thin films determine the friction and wear performance of mechanical components. Many different fields of application are envisaged: transportation and automotive, aeronautical and aerospace, energy, biomedical devices and implants, stents, chirurgical instruments, moulds and tooling. It is expected a forum of discussion where participants can take advantage of the existing knowledge in the field, sharing their experiences and results, contributing for the development of new ideas and establishing new contacts for increasing their personal and institutional network.


Although tribology is the main topic, works dealing with the full chain of knowledge in the thin films area are expected, such as the relations between synthesis, microstructure and mechanical properties, wear & friction mechanisms identification, importance of oxidation and corrosion on the tribological performance


The surface modification and characterization techniques will be also important subjects in the submitted works, such as: Plasma deposition and related technologies, Diagnostics and modeling of plasma during deposition of tribological coatings; New PVD sources; new coating technologies, pulsed plasmas, HiPIMS and industrial coating units; Non-plasma deposition of coatings and thin films (CVD, laser-assisted, plating, electrodeposition, spraying, etc); Investigation of initial phases of thin films growth and their importance for tribological performance; In situ characterization of coatings during deposition and tribological testing; High resolution characterization techniques of thin films, such as analytical electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, etc.


Therefore, papers are required in the following and related tribology areas: 

  • Surface engineering and tribological coatings;
  • Hard and wear resistant coatings;
  • Low friction coatings;
  • Tribological properties of coated machining tools;
  • Characterization of tribological coatings, including residual stress measurements
  • High temperature tribological coatings;
  • Self-adaptive and self-healing protective films;
  • Coatings for biotribology and tribocorrosion,
  • Contact induced lubrication films;
  • Modeling of sliding related to thin films;
  • Simulation of mechanical contact


Session on nanostructured surfaces and coatings


Prof Dongfeng Diao, Institute of Nanosurface Science and Engineering- Shenzhen University, China.


Session on surface wettability


Prof. Xu Deng, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China.