Symposium A. Coatings for sustainable energy
The rational design of materials and improvement of their physical and chemical properties play a key role in enabling the renewable and sustainable energy technologies. This symposium focuses on the new progresses in materials for renewable and sustainable fuel production as well as energy saving, storage and conversion. Topics will include but not limited to:

Fuel cells
Photovoltaics and solar cells
Hydrogen production and fuel generation
Hydrogen storage
Novel illumination sources for lighting
Plasma technology


Symposium B. Nanostructured and nanocomposite coatings
To render thin films with extraordinary properties such as electronic, optical, magnetic, thermal or mechanical properties, novel structure into nanoscale design as nanostructured and nanocomposite coatings is often demanded. The nanostructured and nanocomposite coatings are considered to consist of various components in the structure with at least one feature size in the nanosize region such as a matrix and an embedded nanocrystalline phase. This session will concentrate on synthesis, structure design, properties, and applications of such nanocomposite films (thin or thick) for protection or for functional applications, stand-alone or as coatings.


Symposium C. Semiconductor, optoelectronic and flexible device films
This session aims to provide a discussion forum for the fundamental material investigations and applications of semiconductor and optoelectronic films. Technical topics will cover, but not limited to, processing techniques, material characteristics analysis, device properties, etc... In the applications, research laboratories, academic institutes and vendors are welcome to submit papers on MEMS, consumer electronics, biomedical devices, optical devices and portable electronics.


Symposium D. Tribological and protective coatings
This symposium focused on materials science and engineering of thin film and thick coatings for tribological and protective applications. All aspects concerning tribology, friction and wear, adhesion, corrosion, hardness, oxidation and related mechanical properties of coatings and engineered surfaces are within the symposium scope. Papers working on materials advances, structural design, fabrication, modeling, fracture mechanics, failure analysis, as well as developed mechanical property characterization, for tribological and protective layers fabricated by versatile processes, including but not limited to PVD, CVD, electrochemical deposition, cold spray, and thermal spray, are of interest. Contributions on protective layers against extreme environments, nanocomposite films with multifunction, nanostructured coatings for advanced automotive, aerospace, and machining applications, are solicited. Abstracts concerning manufacture, structural analysis, mechanical performance and characterization of tribological coatings and engineered surface are also welcome.


Symposium E. Organic and biological coatings
This session aims to provide a discussion forum for biomimetic organic hybrid coatings used for replacement and repair of biomedical devices, including certain types of metal, glass ceramic, and polymer materials. Furthermore, advanced organic and biological coatings applied in bioelectronics, biosensors, or tissue engineering are also important topics. The symposium provides a platform for becoming its renowned unsurpassed networking and relationship-building opportunities by presenting and discussing the following contemporary topics, but not limited to: (1) organic materials and devices coatings; (2) self-assembly hybrid materials coatings; (3) biointerfaces; (4) bioelectronics and biosensors; (5) electrospinning coatings; (6) plasma treatment.


Symposium F. Metallic and high-entropy alloy coatings
Symposium F provides a discussion and networking platform for the fundamental investigations, latest developments and potential applications of metallic coatings that include pure metals, metallic alloys, high-entropy alloys, metallic glasses, etc. Among these metallic materials, the design concept of high-entropy alloys and metallic glasses allows compositions beyond the scope of traditional alloys, particularly offering unprecedented properties and opportunities for a wide range of applications. Technical topics include, but are not limited to, the processing methods, theory and modeling, characterizations, measurement techniques, properties and deformation mechanisms of metallic coatings. Scientists, engineers and students with interest in the development of metallic coatings for applications to the fields of aerospace, surface engineering, micro-and-optoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS, biomedical, etc., are all welcome to attend.


Symposium G. Topical Symposium: theory, simulation, and modeling; quantitative surface analysis
Theory, simulation, and modeling of materials are crucial in providing insight into advanced properties and processes in the fields of science and engineering. Materials can be simulated ranging in size widely from the atomic to the macroscopic scale. Continuously developing new theories and modeling are required to obtain promising results. Quantitative Surface Analysis is a special method that allows for a quantitative analysis of a particular system. More specialized work about the characterization technique may extend its scope to systems of interest.