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Engineering of functional materials with chemical coating methods

The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum to discuss current trends and cutting-edge research on the engineering of functional materials and devices based on tailored chemical coating methods, both in 2D (thin films) and in 3D (nanostructures, nanocomposites and heterostructures).


Functional materials displaying magnetic, ferroelectric, superconducting, optical and catalytic properties provide the platform for a wide range of technologies including computation, communication, and energy conversion and storage, thus they are essential in our everyday lives. In order to go beyond the state of the art in these applications, new materials and combinations of materials with dedicated, finely tuned functionalities need to be developed with emphasis on nanostructures, thin films, nanocomposites and organic/inorganic hybrids. In all these cases, where the surface- and interface-related effects start to become dominant over the bulk counterpart, adequate coating fabrication tools are crucial to provide precise control at the nanometer scale. Chemical routes (i.e. atomic layer deposition, chemical solution deposition, electrodeposition) are flexible low-cost deposition routes that allow for tailoring the physical properties through the chemical precursor and type and conditions of growth, especially when epitaxial growth is desired. It is also interesting to compare the complementarity of these techniques with traditional chemical vapor deposition and physical deposition techniques as well as the technological advances to develop and integrate processes in a cost and energy efficient process consumption for scale up. Advanced characterization tools, in-situ and ex-situ, are necessary to understand the relationship between synthesis and properties to design materials for a specific application.

Contents of the symposium:

  • Preparative methods: ALD, CVD, CSD, galvanic methods
  • Areas of applications: renewable energy conversion (photovoltaics, catalysis, energy storage), information technology and communication (data storage and sensing)
  • In-situ monitoring of film growth and ex-situ characterization

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Thin coatings, multilayers, heterostructures
  • Hybrid and nanocomposite coatings
  • Novel deposition processes for improved coatings
  • Gradient thin films (chemical, strain)
  • Role of surface chemistry in film properties
  • 2D materials formed into 3D structures
  • Advanced characterization in-situ and ex-situ
  • Upscaling approaches

Confirmed list of invited speakers:

  • J.Dendooven (f) (Department of Solid State Science, Ghent University- Belgium) "In-situ characterization of atomic layer deposition coatings"
  • P. McNally (m) (Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland) "Copper halide nanonstructures for quantum electronic applications"
  • P. Poodt (m), (Holst Centre/TNO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands) "Spatial ALD and roll-to-roll for conformal coatings"
  • F. Rivadulla (m) (Universidad Santiago Compostela, Spain) “Polymer assisted deposition of epitaxial thin-film oxides with different functionalities”
  • N. Schneider (f) (IRDEP Paris, France) “Nanomaterials synthesis and functionalization in Energy Technology”
  • R. Ameloot (m) (KU Leuven, Belgium) “Nanoporous thin films from the vapor phase: chemical vapor deposition of metal-organic frameworks (MOF-CVD)”
  • Y. Surendranath, (m) (MIT, Harvard, USA) “Electrochemical energy conversion with surface chemistry and thin film approaches “
  • P. Wasserscheid (m) (Erlangen, Germany) “SILP: catalysis in thin ionic liquid layer in porous materials“

Confirmed list of scientific committee members:

  • A.J.M. Mackus (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • C. Bae (SKK University, South Korea)
  • A. Carretero-Genevrier (CNRS, France)
  • J. Gazquez (ICMAB, Spain)
  • B. Noheda (U.Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • A. Yanguas (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • A. Borras (ICMS, Spain)
  • M. Creatore (Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

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Symposium organizers
David C. CAMERONCEPLANT, Masaryk University

Kotlářská 267/2, 611 37 Brno, Czech Republic


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstr.1, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

+49 9131 85 27396
Mariona COLLInstitute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)

Campus UAB 08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain