Symposium Scope Symposium Chair
2D Materials (2DM)

Two-dimensional nanomaterials, such as graphene, MoS2 and graphitic carbon nitride, have been offering effective solutions to global challenging issues of water, energy and environment. The purpose of this symposium is to promote communications between researchers working on computational modeling and experimental fabrication of two-dimensional nanomaterials for environmental and energy solutions in a wide range of topics including but not limited to: water desalination, hydrogen storage, gas separation, blue energy production, water splitting, nanostructure design/fabrication,and advanced modeling techniques.

Yu ZHOU, Central South University, China

Xiaolong CHEN, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Biomedical and Healthcare (BHC)

This symposium is for discussion and exchange of the state-of-the-art researches and developments on coatings and thin films for biomedical & healthcare applications. As one of the most interdisciplinary research area, topics of interests in this symposium include but not limited to:

  1. Design, construction and characterization of the surface of various biomaterials’, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, as well as their bio-interfaces;
  2.  New ideas on biomedical & healthcare related applications;
  3. Biological responses of coatings and thin films.
Yixiang OU, Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, China

Peng-an ZONG, Nanjing Tech University, China
Coating towards Industrial Applications (CIA)

This symposium is for discussion and updates on technological inventions/developments in industrial applications of various thin films and coatings, including processing and characterization equipment as well as technologies for post-treatment of the waste liquids or gases in fabrication of films or coatings. We welcome participants from industries, universities, and research laboratories to submit papers with real case industrial applications. The potential topics may include but not limited to:

  1. Nanostructure/nanocomposite/multilayer/gradient thin films and coatings
  2. Hard yet tough nitride/carbide thin films and coatings; Hard and superhard nitride/carbide thin films and coatings; High entropy nitride/carbide thin films and coatings; Diamond-like carbon-related coatings
  3. Physical vapour deposition techniques: High power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS); Filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA); Pulse laser deposition (PLD)...
  4. Surface and interface treatment for energy materials
Deen SUN, Southwest University, China

Yanwen ZHOU, University of Science & Technology Liaoning, China
Energy & Sustainability (ENS)

This symposium aims to provide an international forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on the state-of-the-art research and development of thin films for energy conversion and storage. It covers a wide spectrum of energy-related topics, including solar cells, fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, flow batteries, supercapacitors, and so on. Researchers are welcome to present their recent studies on materials and devices pertinent to the above-mentioned topics. 
* Organized sessions with special topics including Fuel Cells, Energy, and broad aspects of engineering topics that do not fall in the categories of other symposia. 

Lidong SUN, Chongqing University, China

Pei-Chen SU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chuankun JIA, Changsha University of Science and Technology, China
Korea-Singapore Joint Science and Engineering Special Symposium (By Invitation Only) (KSC)

This symposium will host papers and presentations of Korean and Singapore researchers as a special workshop for collaboration opportunities. Submission is by invitation of Symposium Chairs.

YOON Yongjin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Materials Simulation, Design & AI (MSD)

Accelerated design of novel materials for variousapplications via integrating experiments, modelling & simulation, and artificial intelligence (machine learning) has grown rapidly in recent years. This symposium provides a platform for researchers to understand advanced computational approaches and their applications in materials science and chemistry, exchange ideas, and promotecollaboration between experimentalists and theorists. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  1. Atomistic, multi-scale simulation and continuum modelling (DFT, molecular dynamics, FEM, etc.) of various materials and interfaces to understand the underlying physics and chemistry;
  2. High throughput simulation combined with machine learning for materials design;
  3. Intelligent materials design and CALPHAD (thermodynamics and phase diagrams);
  4. Machine learning methods and applications in chemistry, materials design, and process optimization;
  5. Computation and design for novel materials systems (battery materials,advanced catalyst design, catalysis mechanism, CO2 capture and utilization, membranes, coatings, materials formulation, defect engineering; metamaterials, sustainable materials, composites, biomaterials, additive manufacturing etc.) ;
  6. Materials degradation and lifetime estimation;
  7. Life cycle analysis (LCA) of sustainable materials.
Jianwei ZHENG, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore

Chonghe LI, Shanghai University, China
Chenghua SUN, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Nanostructures, Nanocomposites & Nanoparticles (NNN)

This Symposium focuses on recent advances in both fundamental and applied science of nanostructured thin films and coatings. Particular attentions will be given to the design, processing, characterization, properties, performance and applications of nanostructured thin films and coatings. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Nanocrystalline, heterogeneous-structured, graded, nanocomposite, multilayered, and porous films and coatings;
  • Medium/high-entropy alloy coatings;
  • Medium/high-entropy ceramic (oxide, nitride and carbide) coatings;
  • Bottom-up processing techniques, including physical (e.g., PVD), chemical (e.g., CVD, electrodeposition) and additive manufacturing methods; 
  • Top-down nanofabrication methods such as electron or ion beam nanolithography and scanning probe–based lithography;
  • Structural, microstructural, micro-/nanomechanical and in-situ characterization;
  • Processing-structure-property-performance relationships;
  • Advanced functional and structural applications.
Yujie CHEN, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Sam ZHANG, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Organic Electronics and Photonics (OEP)

This symposium is highly interdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of thin films in the field of physics, chemistry, materials science and optics, and will address fundamental questions as well as applications. Topics of interests may include but not limited to,

  1. Organic optoelectronics: organic semiconducting materials, physics and devices such as OPVs, OLEDs, OFETS, organic sensors, organic thermoelectrics, etc.;
  2. Organics photonics: waveguide materials and devices, laser induced photonic structures, electro-optics/nonlinear polymers, etc.;
  3. Other related topics: perovskite and hybrid organic-inorganic materials, physics and devices, etc.
Xiaotao HAO, Shandong University, China

Hiroyuki YOSHIDA, Chiba University, Japan
Han Young WOO, Korea University, South Korea
Optical Thin Films (OTF)

Optical thin films are one of the core technologies in modern optical research field. This symposium aims to bring together global researchers working at this field and discuss the developing trends and recent progress, including following topics:

  1. Design, analysis, optimization and reverse engineering methods for research and mass production.
  2. Novel deposition, on-line process monitoring and control techniques, pre- and post-treatment for thin films and substrates.
  3. Characterization and property technologies such as weak absorption, laser resistance, environmental stability, stress, etc.
  4. Composite, metal, organic, metamaterial and microstructure material for thin films and substrates.
  5. Applications in the fields of telecommunication, laser, EUV to FIR, astronomy, aerospace, etc.
Xinbin CHENG, Tongji University, China

Xiaoyi WANG, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, CAS, China
Part Surface Technology and Green Manufacturing (PST)

This symposium aims to provide a discussion and exchange platform for the latest research and progress in surface integrity and processing for functional component manufacturing. As an interdisciplinary field with a wide range of applications, topics of interest to this symposium include but are not limited to:

1. Precision machining surface integrity and application research;

2. Ceramic surface processing and film preparation and application;

3. Research and application of parts lubrication;

4. Research on the application of thin film materials in green energy;

Wu Yuhou, Shenyang Jianzhu University, China

Sun Hong, Shenyang Jianzhu University, China
Li Songhua, Shenyang Jianzhu University
Smart Materials and Microsystems (SMM)

The objective of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in the new and exciting areas of smart materials and microsystems, which include the following topics:

  • Piezoelectric thin films and applications;
  • Shape memory alloys, polymers, and their film/coating;
  • Intelligent and smart polymers, polymer composites, and surface engineering; 
  • Magnetostrictive and magnetoelectric films;
  • Surface processing of smart materials; 
  • Metamaterials based on smart films;
  • Thin films for flexible and wearable electronics; 
  • Smart microsystems, sensors and actuators, MESM, lab-on-chips
Yongqing FU, Northumbria University, UK

Jian ZHOU, Hunan University, China
Jingting LUO, Shenzhen University, China
The 2nd Int’l Symposium on Smart Coating Techniques (SMT)

This symposium aims to provide a platform to help practitioners in the field of smart films and coatings understand the latest international research progresses and development trends, share research insights and plan the development direction on smart coatings technologies. Through this conference, a new supply-demand relationship will be established, and thematic research groups or an alliance will be established to achieve the goal of research-academia-industry-application entire chain. The topics of interests may include but not limited to:

  1. Smart Chromic Films and Coatings: Mainly include new energy and energy-saving materials, electro-, thermo-chromic materials, liquid crystal electro-optical devices, functional liquid crystal polymers, liquid crystal network/elastomer, microstructure and performance regulation, thermo-, chemo- and bio-sensors, information technology materials, etc.
  2. Smart Self-Healing Films and Coatings: Mainly include molecular self-assembly technology of soft materials, self-healing transparent conductive coatings, self-healing/self-cleaning stealth coatings, self-healing anti-rust/anti-corrosion protective coatings, nano fabrication of functional units and plasma treatment, synthesis of new high-strength self-healing films, etc.
  3. Other Smart Optical Films and Coatings: Mainly include thermal control coatings, nuclear radiation-resistant coatings, infrared stealth coatings, camouflage coating, nanotechnology coating material, performance analysis and testing of surface coating, design and simulation of surface structure, etc.
Jiaqi ZHU, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Huaiyuan WANG, Tianjin University, China
Kun-Lin YANG, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Surface Treatment & Protection (STP)

This symposium provides a platform for the exchange of experimental and theoretical investigations into surface treatments (pre-treatment, post-treatments, hybrid-treatments) and coatings for surface protection applications, including mechanical (deformation, fracture, fatigue, delamination), tribological, anti-corrosion, anti-oxidation, as well as wetting & anti-wetting (e.g., anti-fogging, self-cleaning, anti-icing). In addition, surface treatments and coatings for protection or barriers under harsh environment impacts (high or ultra-high temperature and thermomechanical stresses) are also included.

The focus is on the effectiveness of surface protection via materials design, selection, simulation, process development, microstructural characterization, and optimization. The above list is not exhaustive – other relevant topics for surface protection are welcome.

Wan-Yu WU, National United University, Taiwan

Zhong CHEN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Thin Film Devices (TFD)

This symposium provides a platform for participants to share recent advancements in thin film device technologies. Thin films can be achieved through various physical and chemical methods. The further developments of thin film devices strongly depend on the state-of-the-art knowledge of thin film technologies. The topics of interests may include but not limited to:

  1. Thin film preparation, characterization and device application
  2. Novel thin film optical and electro-optical devices
  3. Light-emitting devices
  4. Thin film transistors and area-emitting transistors
  5. Photovoltaics 
  6. Photodetectors
  7. Gas sensors
  8. Memory-based devices
  9. Bio sensors and applications
Dong-Sing WUU, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Shui-Yang LIEN, Xiamen University of Technology, China