Main Topics

Protective and Tribological Coatings

Topic Leads: J. Rao and T. Hussain

The session will encompass coatings, functional coatings and smart coating systems designed to enhance the mechanical performance of the underlying substrate in a range of applications, whether they be high-load, low friction or other high-demanding environments. Coatings deposited by a range of methods encompassing PVD, e-beam, evaporation, Sol-Gel, electroplating or other deposition methods will be considered. Thermal barrier coatings and solar selective coatings will also be included.

Thin films for energy conversion, catalysis and related processes

Topic Lead: Q. Zhang

Under this topic a wide range of applications are included: thin film photovoltaics, transparent conductive oxides, solar selective absorbers, mirrors, low emission glass windows, hydrogen storage, electrolisers, batteries, fuel cells, catalytic materials, electrochromic windows, thermochromic windows, photochromic windows, thermoelectric generators, solar cells, energy conversion devices (harvesting, caloric) with piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric thin films.

From atoms to sheets: growth and tribology of thin films

Topic Leads: S. Goel and T. Liskiewicz

This is a more fundamental session to present the basics of thin film manufacturing. Modelling of coating growth or reactions taking place during the formation of the layer are also considered. Creation of nanoparticles and related films are included, and nanostructured films as a special case.

Functionalisation and characterisation of coatings and nanofilms

Topic Leads: S. Krishnamurthy and V. K. Thakur

This topic will include all the presentations more centred in properties and advanced characterization of films: either from a performance point of view or fundamental analysis (microstructure, crystallography, composition, spectroscopies, etc.).

2D materials: Graphene and Beyond

Topic Lead: A.I. Aria and Prof Krzysztof Koziol

This session is intended to highlight state-of-the-art breakthrough and developments of 2D materials (graphene, hBN, TMDC, and other artificial materials with one-atomic-plane precision) and their heterostructures. All aspects of 2D materials synthesis methods (e.g. CVD, transformation/conversion, and hierarchical assemblies), properties modelling and characterization (e.g. electronic, transport, and mechanical), interfacing and device integration (e.g. doping, contact, and passivation), and applications (e.g. optoelectronics, energy conversion and storage, filtration/barrier, and sensors) will be covered.

Sensors and instruments based on nanofilms

Topic Lead: I. Chianella

This session is focussed on the nanofilms (both polymeric and metallic) used to fabricate highly sensitive sensors and biosensors capable to detect specifically an event (e.g. changes in temperature, humidity, pressure etc.) or a target analyte (e.g. gases, environmental pollutants, clinical biomarkers, food additives, explosives and drugs of abuse etc.) for applications in aerospace, medicine, the environment, food, security and defence. The sensors/biosensors can be optical (optical fibre, surface plasmon resonance, fluorescent etc.), acoustic (QCM, SAW etc.), electrochemical and micromechanical (i.e. cantilever). Among the types of nanomaterials included in the session and used for the ‘sensing event’ are polymeric nanofims, metallic and polymeric nanoparticles as well as nanolayers of materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes.