The aim of this symposium is to offer an overview on the frontiers of research, technology, and potential and new applications to the market of functional coatings and surface modifications by plasma, electron, ion or laser beams, and wet chemistry processes. Physicists, chemists, materials scientists, chemical, mechanical, material, metallurgical and mining engineers working in the field are the target audience and also technicians, managers, directors from industry. Areas of particular interest will include, but will not be limited to:
1. Nanostructured coatings, such as diamond-like carbon films, nanodiamond films, multi-component systems based on transition metal nitrides/oxides/carbides/borides, hard nanocomposites and multi-functional nanolaminates, with a wide range of industrial applications (automotive and machinery industries, aeronautic and aerospace industries, mining industry, oil and gas industry, medical implants, decoration, electronic industry, decorative, etc.);
2. Surface modifications induced by energetic techniques such as ion implantation, laser treatment, plasma processing, etc.;
3. Physical and chemical routes of synthesis with emphasis on emerging techniques: hybrid sputtering/CVD techniques, highly ionized sputter deposition, ion enhanced pulsed laser deposition, plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition, atmospheric plasma, pulsed plasma, plasma-based ion implantation, activated reactive evaporation, cathodic arc, etc;
4. Materials, coatings and modified surfaces obtained by soft chemical routes with emphasis on wet chemistry process: sol-gel, electrochemical, polymerization, conversion, etc.;
5. Fundamentals of deposition processes, growth modeling, substrate/surface effects, residual stresses, thermodynamics and kinetic modeling;
6. Characterization and properties of functional coatings and modified surfaces, including morphology, microstructure, composition, mechanical and tribological properties, tribochemistry, MEMS/NEMS interfaces, ion beam analysis by RBS, NRA, and MEIS, and chemical properties comprising chemical inertness, anti-microbial or self-cleaning finalities.
Authors are encouraged to prepare manuscripts intended for publication in a special section for our Symposium in the international journal "Surface & Coatings Technology" by Elsevier.
Requirements for consideration for publication include both satisfactory English usage and novelty of experimental results that are clearly justified or demonstrated by appropriate arguments. Papers not meeting these criteria will be rejected for publication in the Proceedings volume. The same stringent peer-review evaluation process on the basis of the one adopted for regular papers, will be applied.