Symposium Scope Symposium Chair
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 biointerfaces; (2) New ideas on biomedical & healthcare related applications; (3) Biological responses of coatings and thin films.

Kui CHENG, Zhejiang University, China

Co-Chair:
Xuanyong LIU, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, China
Coating towards Industrial Applications (CIA)

This symposium is for discussion and exchange of ideas and case studies in industrial coating applications covering thin films and coatings processes, technological inventions/developments including processing or characterization equipment. The participants from various industries, universities, and research laboratories are welcome to submit papers to discuss advanced developments towards real case industrial applications. The presentation and discussion should focus on applied technologies.

Yanwen ZHOU, University of Science & Technology Liaoning

Co-Chair:
Witold GULBINSKI, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland
Coatings for Surface Protection (CSP)

This symposium provides a platform for exchange of experimental and theoretical
investigations into protective coatings for mechanical (deformation, fracture,
fatigue, delamination), tribological, anti-corrosion, anti-oxidation at high
temperatures, as well as wetting & anti-wetting applications. The focus is
on the protection effectiveness via materials design, simulation, process
development, microstructural characterization and optimization.

Zhong CHEN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Co-Chair:
Erjia LIU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Energy Conversion & Storage (ECS)

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, lithium-ion batteries, flow batteries, supercapacitors, and so on. Researchers are welcome to present their recent studies on materials and devices pertinent to the abovementioned topics.

Lidong SUN, Chongqing University, China

Co-Chair:
Chuankun JIA, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage (EEC)

Focus on energy generation and storage in fundamentals theories,
technological progresses, and applications in component and device level.
Topics include but not limited to: fuel cells, electrolyzer cells, hydrogen
energy, reforming, gas separation, electrochemistry, and photocatalysis.

Pei-Chen SU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Co-Chair:
Suk Won CHA, Seoul National University, Korea
Inorganic Films and Nanoparticles (IFN)

Inorganic films and nanoparticles are the focus of advanced materials research because of their unique properties and multifunctional behaviour. This symposium will discuss research addressing structure-property relationships in electronic, optical, transparent conduction, chromogenic, photocatalytic, electrocatalytic, photoelectrochemical, sensing and photovoltaic applications utilizing epitaxial, oriented, polycrystalline and amorphous films and particles based largely on oxides (simple and complex oxides like TiO2, WO3, SnO2 and perovskites) and chalcogenides (e.g. MoS2). Contributions on anisotropic structures such as nanowires, rods, tubes, fibers and heterostructures are of special interest as oftentimes modern films are composed of such nanoparticles. In addition, papers addressing innovative and environmentally friendly approaches to processing as well as industrial applications of functional thin films are also welcome.

Gregory GOH Kia Liang, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Singapore

Co-Chair:
Yanfeng GAO, Shanghai University, China
Nanostructured and Nanocomposite Films and Coatings (NNF) Nanostructured and nanocomposite thin films or coatings compose of a matrix and an imbedded nanocrystalline phase. The matrix can be either polycrystalline or amorphous. This symposium covers the processing techniques, properties, and applications of these (thick or thin) nanostructured and nanocomposite films or coatings. Nonvacuum/vacuum (e.g. HiPIMS) processing techniques, physical/chemical properties, and structural/functional applications are all included.
Sam ZHANG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Co-Chair:
Wanyu WU, Da-Yeh University, Taiwan
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, etc; 2) Organics photonics: waveguide materials and devices, laser induced photonic structures, electro-optics/nonlinear polymers, etc.

Xiaotao HAO, Shandong University, China

Co-Chair:
Hiroyuki YOSHIDA, Chiba University, Japan
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.

Jinsong GAO, Changchun Optics Institute, China

Co-Chair:
Chaoquan HU, Jilin University, China
Smart Films and Coatings (SMF)

The objective of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in the new and exciting area of smart film materials and surface issues, which include the following topics: (1) Shape memory, piezoelectric and responsive materials/polymers, thin films and coatings; (2) Surface processing of shape memory, piezoelectric and responsive materials/polymers (plasma treatment, ion beam, electron beam, laser treatment, oxidation, coatings, etc); (3) Surface related issues of shape memory, responsive and piezoelectric materials (corrosion, wear, friction, surface mechanics, cell growth, biocompatibility, biomemetic, etc). (4) Surface wrinkling and bio-inspired surface structures, micro and nanoengineering on smart surfaces; (5) Smart MEMS actuators, micro devices, and microsensors.

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Richard Yongqing FU, Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK

Co-Chair:
Jingting LUO, Shenzhen University, China
Two-dimensional nanomaterials for environmental and energy applications (TDN)

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.

Kun ZHOU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Co-Chair:
Bo LIU, Hunan University, China
Testing and Evaluation of films and coatings (TET)

1) Novel testing methods for thin film and coating. 2) Tribology testing.
3) Adhesion testing for thin film and coating. 4) Nano-Indentation and Scratch testing. 5) Testing case studies. 6) 
In-line and In-situ Inspection for industry applications. 7) Data sampling and sensing techniques.

Jun XIAO, Rtec Instruments, USA

Co-Chair:
Jiadao WANG, Tsinghua University, China
Thin Film Electronic Devices (TFE)

A variety of electronic devices are directly constructed with thin films ranged from single atomic layers to a few micrometre thick materials. The categories of the devices cover field effect transistors, logic gates, memories, actuators, energy converters, sensors, etc. The thin films can be achieved with many physical and chemical approaches. Further developments of the devices and the thin films strongly depend on the state-of-the-art knowledge of thin film technologies. This symposium serves as a platform on which the participants can share among themselves the recent advances of the technologies.

Qing ZHANG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore