The Int. Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces Conference

Conference Topics

The SurfCoat Korea 2019 conference topics include:


  • Surface treatments and coatings deposition, functionalization, modelling and characterization
  • Interface and interaction science, adhesion and Adhesives
  • Multi-functional, composite/ hybrid, graded and multilayers coatings
  • Smart surfaces and coatings, Self-healing surfaces
  • Surface nanoengineering, nanocoatings and Ultra-Thin Films
  • Graphene coatings/films
  • Hydro-, ice- and oleophobic/philic surfaces
  • Tribological coatings, wear and corrosion protection
  • Cold and Thermal spraying (PVD, CVD, ...), thermochemical, Electro- and electroless plating
  • Surface engineering/ coatings in sustainable energy, conversion, optical, electric, photovoltaic and magnetic applications
  • Biointerfaces, Biomedical/ Bioactive surfaces and coatings


In addition to the conference sessions, many focused sessions/ symposia organized and chaired by highly ranked professors/researchers will also run in parallel covering the following themes:


  • Molecular Reaction on Surfaces
  • Adhesives and Adhesion
  • Thermal spray coatings
  • Plasma Surface Engineering
  • Corrosion and anti-corrosive coatings
  • Tribological coatings
  • Oxide surfaces and thin films
  • Coatings in sustainable energy- storage and conversion
  • Bio-interfaces: Biological surfaces and interfaces



Seminar: Getting published: The publication process in a peer-reviewed journal, and insight-views about the Dos and Don’ts for authors


Prof André Anders:   - Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Applied Physics, AIP Publishing, Melville, NY

- Director, Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering, Leipzig, Germany

- Professor of Applied Physics, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

- Senior Scientist Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA


This seminar covers various aspects of getting published and aims especially at those at the beginning their scientific career.  Getting published in a peer-reviewed journal is a central objective for practically every scientist.  It is important for personal satisfaction as well as central to advancing one’s career.  To get published, the manuscript to be submitted must represent a good, hopefully exciting “story”.  The story states the problem to be studied, the approach, method, findings, interpretations, and conclusions.  Editors look increasingly not only at the quality of “storytelling” but the degree of advancement in the field, the potential impact, and excitement it may generate among peers and the community at large. 

In order to be published, a manuscript has to pass two barriers: the editorial barrier and the reviewer barrier.  To make that happen, much care has to be invested in crafting the manuscript, assuming that the research part is done well.  Crafting the manuscript includes many facets such as appropriate use of English, good design of graphics, etc.  I will elaborate on them, revealing the “secrets” that will convince editors that your work is worth to be reviewed and published. 

Besides giving practical advice, I will also touch upon formal questions such as publication ethics, plagiarism, and Open Access and copyright.  There will be ample time for questions.