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8h30 - 9h15


9h15 - 10h15

Opening Ceremony + Introductory talk T.S Sudarshan (MatMod Inc-USA): "Functional Surfaces through Texture- Role of Processing" - Room 1

10h20 - 11h20

Corrosion, mechanical and tribological characterization

Hybrid films

Protective coatings for light alloys

11h20 - 11h40

Coffee break + Exhibitors

11h40 - 13h00

Corrosion, mechanical and tribological characterization

Hybrid films

Protective coatings for light alloys

13h00 - 14h15

Lunch + Exhibitors

14h15 - 14h55

Plenary 2: Dr. Keith Parsons (MacDermid Autotype Ltd. - United Kingdom): "Easy clean surfaces for automotive interiors" - Room 1

15h00 - 16h00

Corrosion, mechanical and tribological characterization

Metal deposition from non conventional techniques

Protective coatings for light alloys

16h00 - 16h45

Posters session + Coffee break

17h00 - 18h00

Cidetec Surface Engineering Facilities Visit


Welcome drink


  • Chemical & electrochemical machining
  • Corrosion & tribological characterization
  • Corrosion in extreme environments
  • Lubrication and tribologically protective coatings
  • Metal deposition from non conventional techniques
  • Modeling & simulation
  • New concepts for aesthetic finishing
  • Omniphobic coatings
  • Optically active layers
  • Protective coatings for light alloys
  • Replacement of restricted chemicals
  • Selective deposition techniques
  • Sol-gel hybrid films
  • Surface cleaning & preparation
  • Surface conditioning for additive manufacturing
  • Thermal barrier coatings

Key Speakers

Dr. TS Sudarshan

Dr. T.S. Sudarshan is the President and CEO of Materials Modification, Inc. He has a PhD from Virginia Tech and has been responsible for driving the company’s technological leadership in the development of next generation materials, processes and techniques for the past 31 years.

He has been a passionate entrepreneur and provided employment to over 400 individuals, provided the first jobs for over 180 students, served on over 10 thesis committees for M,S. and Ph.D’s. Dr Sudarshan has served on the National Materials Advisory Board, Ohio Third Frontier Committees, ASM International Board, Committees for the Army, NSF, NIH and DoE. He has over 180 papers, editor of two journals – Materials and Manufacturing Processes and Surface Engineering, coeditor of 34 books, holder of 29 patents, winner of two R and D 100 awards, Fellow of ASM International, Fellow of IFHTSE, Fellow of IMMM, UK, and Distinguished Alumni of IITM. He has been responsible for heading the development of 18 products and has worked in difficult to solve problems in the area of nanotechnology and surface engineering. He is currently on the Advisory Board of ATI, South Carolina.

Dr.-Ing./PhD Laurent Bortolotto

Dr.-Ing. Laurent Bortolotto works at Laboratory Materials & Processes of Airbus Helicopters. He is in charge of a team of 12 people across 3 sites and active as Technical Expert for Surface Treatments and Corrosion protections. In the past decade he has been the author of several scientific papers, conference lectures and patents in the field of metallic materials engineering and chemical processes.

He obtained in 2003 a European Master of Science in Materials & Process Engineering after a 5-year training completed at EEIGM in Nancy, incl. semesters in Toulouse & Nancy (France), at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain), the University of Lulea (Sweden) and the EADS Research Center in Munich (Germany).

Before joining Eurocopter, had a record of 8 years in industry and institutional research and development, shared between Mecaplast (Stuttgart), the EADS Research & Technology (Friedrichshafen) and the Dechema Research Institute in Frankfurt/Main. At the latter, completed a PhD in chemical reaction engineering (2010) and post-doc in high-temperature alloys and protective coatings (corrosion/oxidation) applied to turbine blades.

In 2012, joined the Laboratory Materials & Processes of Airbus Helicopters (Donauwörth), Metallic Materials Department, as contributor and leader on R&D topics related to REACh, and technical support to production and programmes.

Since 2016: nominated Airbus Expert and Team leader on the perimeter Surface Treatment and Corrosion Protection in transnational (Marignane, Paris-le-Bourget, Donauwörth); with active exchanges across the Airbus divisions and with strategic partners and suppliers.

Dr. Peter Leisner

Peter Leisner has more than 25 years of experience in applied materials research and technology transfer to industry from different organizations. Since 2006 he is head of the Electronics Department at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and holds an adjunct professorship in surface technology at Jönköping University.

He has an MSc in chemical engineering (1989) and a PhD in surface technology (1992), both from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is member of the European Academy of Surface Technology (EAST) since 2003 and president of EAST since 2015.

Dr. Keith Parsons

Dr. Keith Parsons is Research and Development Manager for MacDermid Autotype Ltd.

He has 30 years’ experience with research and development of coated film products, from magnetic recording media and photographic films through to hardcoated nanostructured films and products for Film Insert Moulding. He has 18 years’ experience in the R&D department at MacDermid Autotype and before that worked for both 3M and Imation. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

Werner Richtering, PhD

Werner Richtering is Atotech´s R&D Manager Cleaners and Pretreatment for General Metal Finishing

He studied chemistry in Bochum and Heidelberg and received his PhD in semiconductor photo-electrochemistry and surface science at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

He has been with Atotech Deutschland GmbH since 1993, the year of the foundation of the company in Berlin. He held various positions in the research department for electroless nickel, zinc and zinc-alloy electroplating, corrosion resistant coatings and in corporate R&D.

From 2006 he was manager R&D GMF being responsible for R&D coordination, strategy and New Technologies and the implementation of Atotech’s Green Technology Roadmap within the GMF business unit.

Since Oct. 2017 he is heading the new R&D function for metal cleaning and pretreatment.

INVITED TALK: Dr. Nhat Truong Nguyen, winner of the EAST- Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize 2017

Thermal dewetting of noble metals on anodic TiO2 nanotubes leads to significantly enhanced photocatalytic H2 generation

Nhat Truong Nguyen and Patrik Schmuki

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr. 7, 91052 Erlangen, Germany

TiO2 has received large attention due to its ability to “photocatalytically” generate H2 from H2O.[1] Under “open-circuit” (no external bias applied) conditions, noble metal-decoration (mainly Pt and Au) on TiO2 is needed for successful H2 photo-generation. Not only the presence but also the size, amount, distribution and location of the noble metals co-catalyst on a TiO2 surface affect the final photocatalytic performance.[2] In this work we investigate TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) where several well explored methods exist to effectively decorate noble metals onto the NTs – these, however, mostly result in a decoration of the full tube length with nanoparticles. Herein we show a different approach: we decorate by sputter-deposition very thin metal films (nominally a few nm-thick) only at the mouth of the tubes. Then, by a controlled thermal treatment, the metal films are dewetted selectively at the rim of the tubes into regularly ordered nanoparticles that are as small as of 4-5 nm in diameter.[3] This site-selective deposition allows for minimizing the amounts of costly noble metal co-catalyst, while it leads at the same time to a dramatically enhanced photocatalytic H2 generation in comparison with any conventional decoration approach.

[1] A. Fujishima, K. Honda, Nature 1972, 238, 37.

[2] M. Altomare, N. T. Nguyen, P. Schmuki, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 6865.

[3] N. T. Nguyen, M. Altomare, J. Yoo, P. Schmuki, Adv. Mater. 2015, 27, 3208.

Plenary Lectures

By Dr. Peter Leisner

Aspects to be considered when making innovation out of promising research results in surface technology

  • - RISE Research Institute of Sweden, Borås, Sweden
  • - Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden
  • - European Academy of Surface Technology, Europe


Promising results in the research laboratory does not automatically lead to new innovations. In order to become an innovation, the result must fulfil a particular need which has a value. It must be possible to quantify the value, meaning that costumers must be willing to pay for the result that meets the need.

It is essential to be aware of the maturity of a new technology, i.e. the so-called technology readiness level (TRL) of the technology. In the early stages of the development of a technology the risk is mainly related to not being able to meet the technical specification. When the technology matures, the uncertainty of the technology decreases which turns the risk to be related to economy instead of technology. The last steps containing product and production development are expensive and costs must be covered by the value of the invention.

There are many other factors influencing the realization of an innovation, e.g. legislation, development of prize of raw materials, ability to create spin-off innovations etc.

The presentation will discuss aspects that should be considered when making innovation out of promising research results. The subject will be illustrated by several examples from innovation in surface technology.

By Dr. Keith Parsons

Easy clean surfaces for automotive interiors

  • Keith Parsonsa, Martin Herberta, Herrick Yua
  • aMacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions, Grove Rd, Wantage, UK


Applications for displays and touch interfaces within automotive control panels are increasing. Wear of these surfaces from frequent driver and passenger interaction must be minimized during the lifetime of the vehicle. Drivers rely on the information from these panels and so must be able to clean them easily to maintain visibility. Positioning of display components within the vehicle requires additional optical consideration to be given to the surface, including the provision of antiglare or antireflective coatings. This presentation will discuss the latest range of surfaces deliverable by Film Insert Moulding (FIM), where a hardcoated polycarbonate substrate is introduced into components by a range of forming and moulding processes so that it comprises the outer surface of the finished component. Significant improvements in surface hardness and abrasion resistance combined with “easy clean” without the need for use of detergents or other wet cleaning materials can be demonstrated. Other properties such as formability, optical performance, chemical, solvent and humid aging resistance are maintained in the construction giving a truly multi-functional coated layer. Examples of automotive interiors using materials of this class will be shown.

By Werner Richtering, PhD

Decorative and functional coatings for automotive applications

  • Werner Richteringa, Sabine Sengla, Peter Hülsera, Mabya Fechnera, Stefan Gerholda
  • aAtotech Deutschland GmbH, Berlin, Germany


While Surface Finishing is often regarded as a mature “old” technology, it is in fact a key enabling technology for Information Technology, Materials, Automotive and many more areas. All contributors to the supply chain i.e. process chemicals and know how suppliers, equipment manufacturers, plating companies, Tier 1 suppliers and OEM’s have made significant contributions towards a sustainable and environmentally responsible technology development over the past decades.

The talk will give an overview of the challenges the surface finishing industry is facing from worldwide chemical legislation over new technologies to cost pressure in order to meet the automotive OEM roadmaps not only for technology developments but also for reduced environmental impacts of their operations.

New developments in the area of functional corrosion resistant coatings will be presented with a focus on trivalent chromium based passivates of Zn-alloy coatings.

Also for decorative applications the future belongs to coatings with a final finish obtained from trivalent chromium electrolytes. The talk will cover aspects of accelerated corrosion testing and surface modifications to enhance both decorative and functional properties for interior and exterior automotive applications.

By Dr.-Ing./PhD Laurent Bortolotto

Surface treatments and anti-corrosion protections in the Aeronautic industry: Environmental factors, trends & needs for helicopter applications


In the last 10 years, the Aeronautic industry had to face several challenges, from production ramp-up, integration of new technologies in products, to weight-reduction campaigns and substitution of obsolete processes in order to meet environmental regulations in plants and production lines. In addition, product safety, maturity analysis, accelerated test phases and modelling of systems were strongly put in focus in materials & processes departments in order to contribute to the global performance of the flying parts. An overview into the Airbus Helicopters Surface Engineering activities related to corrosion protections, REACh-compliant treatments, performance increase for new aircrafts and trends for the future will be presented. Beyond this, specificities and challenges around helicopter products will be highlighted.

By Dr T.S. Sudarshan

Functional Surfaces through Texture- Role of Processing


Over the years, numerous techniques have been developed to create texture in materials. The advent of high resolution measurement technologies coupled with the ability to precisely tailor or monitor the geography of the texture has allowed for unique combinations to improve functionality for specific applications. Through this talk, various insights into developments by processing methods on a wide range of materials will be discussed and the ability to look at multifunctional capabilities that are now feasible on the same surface. This texture development coupled with 3d printing can open up a new era of developments on creating components and materials that provide for minimal waste, improved manufacturing and operational costs.