Special Sessions

1) Plasma Electrolysis – PEO/MAO coatings

Chairperson: Prof. Aleksey Yerokhin, University of Sheffield, UK

Surface treatment of light metals (e.g. Al, Mg, Ti and their alloys) by plasma electrolysis, plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) or microarc oxidation (MAO) process represents rapidly increasing attentions and has demonstrated noteworthy attention in offering enhanced properties and as a replacement for conventional coating processes /conversion treatments that contain chromium ions and other environmentally hazardous methods, and also regular anodizing process. The process leads to the creation of a ceramic layer that offers different desired properties on substrate alloy for corrosion, wear and also thermo-optical, dielectric, thermal barrier, low friction coefficient properties. It can also be used as pre-treatment for next coating(s) or paints. This session is dedicated to advances in PEO, MAO, spark anodizing, and related electrolytic methods. Topics that will be covered are included but not limit to this list:

- Corrosion and erosion-corrosion

- Thermo-optical coatings

- Sliding, fretting, impact, abrasive and erosive wear, Cold welding

- Process – microstructure relationships

- Pre-treatments for paints and surface for hybrid and duplex ceramic / metal surfaces

- Low friction coatings, composite coatings

- Potential for production of decorative and coloured coatings

- Thermal properties and the potential for thermal barrier function

- Conductive and dielectric coatings

- New processing developments

- Environmentally friendly processes

- Industrial applications

2) Photocatalytically Active Nanomaterials and Coatings

Chairperson: Prof. Mark Baker, University of Surrey, UK

Nanostructured photocatalytically active materials have found increased interest by the research and industrial communities in recent years. Photocatalytic surfaces offer some very useful properties, such as the breakdown or organic molecules and bacterial/viral inactivation with applications including self-cleaning, water/air purification, anti-microbial surfaces. Submissions are invited for this special session which consider advances in the fabrication, characterisation, properties, process upscaling and industrial applications of photocatalytically active nanomaterials and coatings.

3) Micro- and nanostructured soft matter materials: preparatory fundamentals and advanced applications

Chairperson: Prof. Ivo Nischang, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Organic and hybrid organic-inorganic (porous) materials with well-understood and tailored nano- and microscale properties are of increased interest in a diversity of academic and industrial disciplines. The current session aims at bringing together experts from academia and industry, seeking to explore new chemical pathways to create such materials primarily based on novel or adapted nanoscale linking chemistry concepts for possible larger scale constructs. Furthermore, particular emphasis lies on advanced nano- and microscale characterization techniques, reconciling the materials structure that may provide new opportunities for existent and emerging applications. Abstracts with the following, but not exclusive, objectives are very much welcome.

1) Engineering devices containing nanostructured polymeric material elements

2) Applications of nanostructured polymeric materials: catalysis, extraction, separation, sensing

3) Emerging characterization methods on the nano- and microscale

4) Novel synthetic routes to create nanostructured polymers

5) Porous polymer structures containing or carrying (metal) nanoparticles

6) Nanostructured thin layers, their characterization, and applications