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  • 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./PhD Laurent Bortolotto, from Laboratory Materials & Processes of Airbus Helicopters. 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, author of several scientific papers, conference lectures and patents in the field of metallic materials engineering and chemical processes.

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 an MSc in chemical engineering (1989) and a PhD in surface technology (1992), both from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

He has more than 25 years of experience in applied materials research and technology transfer to industry from different organisations. 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 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.