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3rd Coatings and Interfaces Conference

Part of the Coatings and Interfaces series
24–26 Nov 2021

Coatings Technology, Surface, Interfaces, Thin Films
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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 3rd Coatings and Interfaces Conference (CIC2021). Following the two very successful electronic editions of this conference series, we are pleased to announce that CIC2021 will hold its 3rd edition virtually, allowing attendees to actively engage in discussions about the latest findings in the field. The event will take place on 24–26 November 2021.

The impact of coatings and interfaces in technology is growing at an unprecedented pace. Energy, sustainable mobility, pollution control, critical raw materials, preservation of cultural heritage, control of materials degradation, food safety, and health science are all challenges that critically depend on our capability to engineer surfaces. The aim of the CIC2021 is to give scientists and professionals a unique opportunity to keep up with this quickly evolving field, by providing a comprehensive overview of the latest findings regarding the fundamentals and application of coatings and interfaces.

CIC2021 will bring together scientists and technologists from academia and industry, encouraging the involvement of excellent early-stage investigators. Participation in and “attendance” to the CIC2021 are FREE of charge. Participants will have the opportunity to share their most recent findings with a focus on the following areas of Coatings and Interface Science and Technology:

  • Coatings for mitigation of corrosion, wear, and erosion;
  • Bioactive coatings, surfaces, and interfaces;
  • Advances in coating deposition and surface functionalization;
  • Coatings for food packaging and preservation;
  • Coatings and interfaces in cultural heritage conservation and preservation.

A Coatings Special Issue dedicated to the conference will be open to the submission of selected outstanding contributions.

We look forward to your participation!

On Behalf of the Organizing Committee

The Conference Chair
Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi

Conference Secretariat

Mr. Raynor Zhou
Mr. Joey Peng
Dr. Elena Gonzalez
Ms. Angel Wang
Ms. Chelsea Mu
Ms. Hebe Li
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Conference Chairs

Istituto di Chimica dei Composti Organometallici (ICCOM-CNR), Firenze, Italy

Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi is the Editor-in-Chief of Coatings, an international open access journal devoted to the materials science and applications of deposited materials. Dr. Lavacchi is a Research Scientist at the Italian National Research Council (ICCOM-CNR), where he also is the Head of the Electron Microscopy Facility. Dr. Lavacchi’s research focuses on electrochemistry and materials science with a special emphasis on energy-related surfaces and coatings science and engineering. He has co-authored more than 80 papers in leading international journals, as well as the monograph “Nanotechnology in Electrocatalysis for Energy,” edited by Springer.

Department of Chemistry, Università di Firenze, Firenze, Italy

Professor Massimo Innocenti is the Associate Editor of journal Coatings. His research activity is focused on nanomaterials obtainable by electrochemical processes, which are used in the field of electrocatalysis, energy and sensors. From 2013–2015 he was the elected member of the Executive Council of the interdivisional group Chemistry for Renewable Energy (EnerChem). In January 2016 he was re-elected as a member of the Executive Council of the interdivisional group Chemistry for Renewable Energy (EnerChem) for 2016–2018. From 2013–2016, he was an ESRF Review Committee member at the Synchrotron of Grenoble. From 2014–2015 he was the Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Metal Nanocatalysts in Green Synthesis and Energy Applications" for the journal Molecules. He has taken part in various research projects at the Synchotron of Grenoble and Trieste. Prof. Dr. Innocenti is a member of SCI (Italian Society of Chemistry). He has undertaken notable international collaborations with the universities of Ulm (Germany), Athens (Georgia, USA), S. Carlos (Brazil), and Krakow (Poland).

Conference Committee

Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials, Environment - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

Cecilia Bartuli is Professor of Materials Science and Technology at Sapienza University of Rome. Her research activity is focused on surface engineering, with special reference to thermal sprayed and electroless metallic, ceramic and cermet coatings for corrosion and wear protection, thermal protection systems and thermal barrier coatings and diagnostic tools for corrosion monitoring of metals of interest in Culturage Heritage. She is member of the board and directive committee of INSTM – National Interuniversity Consortium for Materials Science & Technology and Director of CISTeC -Research Center in Science & Technique for the Conservation of Historical and Architectural Heritage of Sapienza University. In 2019 Professor Cecilia Bartuli was the Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Thermal Spraying of Metallic Coatings" for the journal Metals MDPI and she is presently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Coatings MDPI. She is a member of AIMAT, the Italian Association of Materials Engineering, and since 2000 she has served as an expert for research evaluation for several national and international research programs. Her main international collaborations have been with CEA, France, Baikov Institute of Metallurgy, Russia, Drexel University, USA, Central University of Venezuela, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Wärtsilä, Finland.

Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Dr. Devis Bellucci graduated in Physics in 2002 and obtained its Ph. D. in Physics in 2006. He is currently involved in the preparation and experimental characterization of biomaterials to be employed in orthopaedics, dentistry, bone tissue repair and regeneration. In particular, he is working on production and characterization of bioceramic scaffolds; bio and functional coatings; development of new bioactive glass compositions by melting or sol-gel; bioactive glass-based composites for the production of dense sintered bodies and porous scaffolds; computational simulations of microscale material phenomena; surface characterization and analysis; production and characterization of ceramic composite materials. The results of his research activity have been presented in several national and international conferences. He is author of more than 90 publications in national and international papers.

Institut de Thermique, Mécanique et Matériaux (ITheMM), Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), Reims, France

Dr. Hicham Benhayoune is a full Professor of University of Reims Champagne Ardenne (URCA). His scientific skills concern the elaboration and the physic-chemical and structural characterizations of Biomaterials (prosthetic coatings and bone substitutes). The developed techniques are Electrodeposition (ELD) and Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) for the elaboration and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) for the characterization. He is the Manager of Research Project « UTIQUE 2020 » (2020-2024). He was the Scientific Project Leader of sevral projects : « NANOTRIBO » (2013-2017) - « NANOSURF » (2007-2012) - EGIDE IMHOTEP (2011-2012) - EGIDE Ireland (2006)- Industrial partnership with the start-up "Natural Implant" (2002-2003). He is a Scientific expert for the French Agency for Research (ANR) and he was a member of the organizing committee of international conferences: NANOSMAT (October 2010) and BIOCERAMICS29 (October 2017) From 2019–2020 he was Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering" for the journal Coatings. And from 2021–2022 he is Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces" for the journal Coatings. He is an Editorial board member of Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Concerning the Administrative Works, he is a substitute member of the French National University Council in Physics, designated by the Ministry of Research (2020-2024). He is a member of the commission of status of URCA (2019-2024). He was an Elected Member of the Management Council of the faculty of Sciences, Reims (2006-2018), Vice President of the Department of Physics of the faculty of Sciences, Reims (2014 – 2016), Elected Member of the Scientific Council of the University of Reims (2006-2008 and 2008-2011), Elected Member of the Expert Committee in Physics of the University of Reims (2000-2008)

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Department of Physical Electronics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Food Packaging Laboratory (PackLAB), DeFENS - Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy, National Research Council, CNR-ICMATE, Genova, Italy

Department of Physical Chemistry, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Eduardo Guzmán is currently Associate Professor at the Physico-Chemistry Department and Researcher at the Multi-disciplinary Institute in the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He received his MSc in Chemistry and in Science and Technology of Colloids and Interfaces, and his PhD in Science (2009) at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). After his PhD, he worked for a period of four years at the Istituto per l’Energetica e le Interfasi in Genoa (Italy), after which he returned to his alma mater in 2014. He has published more than 85 papers in JCR journals and 10 chapters in books (, corresponding to a H-index of 28, and he has co-authored more than 100 contributions to different national and international conferences. His main research interests are LbL assembly, interfacial rheology, drug delivery, biophysics, cosmetics, and pest control. He has supervised 3 PhD students, 10 MSc students, and more than 20 undergraduate students. He has been involved in 2 EU and 6 Spanish funded I+D grants, and has had scientific responsibility on 4 cooperation projects between academia and industry. He is a member of the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including Coatings (Editor-in-Chief of the Section “Liquid–Fluid Interfaces”), Polymers, Current Cosmetic Science and Advances in Colloid and Interface Science and has been guest editor of different Special Issues in Coatings, Processes, Polymers and Advances in Colloid and Interface Science

UMET—Unité Matériaux et Transformations, University of Lille, CNRS, Lille, France

University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Department of Physics, School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Department of Complex Fluids, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Budapest, Hungary

László Péter is a scientific advisor at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Budapest, Hungary). He graduated as a teacher of physics and chemistry at the Eötvös University of Budapest in 1992 and obtained the PhD degree at the same university in 1995. After spending 2 years in the USA as a postdoctoral fellow and 1 year in Japan as a visitor scientist, he returned to his home country and started working in the predecessor of the Wigner Research Centre. His main interest is electrochemistry; in particular, the formation of solid phases in electrochemical processes and the physical properties of electrodeposited materials. Beside electrochemistry, he deals with various fields of experimental physical chemistry and research aspects of industrial problems. His publication list includes more than 100 research papers, 1 monograph and 2 book chapters. He is the founding secretary of the conference series called international Workshops on Electrodeposited Nanostructures (EDNANO). In 2013, he became the doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. From 2020, he is one of the topical editors of Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (Springer).

Department of Engineering, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Dr Andrew Pinkerton is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Coatings. His research is focused on engineering with lasers, particularly direct metal deposition for coating and additive manufacturing, and modelling. He has published over 100 papers in these fields, currently cited in over 2000 other works. He has also led research projects funded by the EPSRC, EU, British Council and Industry, in collaboration with organisations including the University of Waterloo, ESI GmbH and National University of Science and Technology (Pk). Dr Pinkerton is a chartered engineering and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK and has experience of reviewing for over 30 other journals and book publishers and for five national research councils.

Centro de Láseres Pulsados (CLPU), Villamayor, Salamanca, Spain

Dr. Mauricio Rico leads several facilities in CLPU related with laser and their applications (in science and innovation in the industry). He manages Ultrashort Laser Applications and Micromaterial Processing (ULAMP), Laboratory of Innovation & Technology in Lasers (LITeL) and microscopy service facility. He completed PhD in Lasers, Materials Science and Technology (Extraordinary Award) from Autonoma University of Madrid-UAM (Spain) in 2003. He moved to Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik in Halle (Germany) as Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow, and Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie in Berlin (Germany) before returning to Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid – CSIC as a Ramon y Cajal Researcher. His research activities focus on engineering with ultrafast lasers, particularly material processing (metal and biological tissues) and micro-nano structuring surface for coatings. Also, he has experience to development new laser sources, laser diagnostic and acceleration in laser-driven applications in ICTS-CLPU. He has contributed close to 100 works in these fields, currently cited in over 2000 other works and an h-index = 25 (WOS). He has also led and participated over 20 research projects funded by the Spanish National Ministry, Laserlab, and EU, in collaboration with industrial partners. He is a member of OSA and has very broad experience of reviewing journals.

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

INSTM, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Maria Cristina Tanzi obtained a Master Degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutics with honors in 1975 and a Specialization Degree in Experimental Pharmacology in 1979 at Milano University. She was Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at the Bioengineering Department, and then at the Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering Department of Politecnico di Milano until March 1st, 2014 when she retired. Her didactic activity concerned courses for the Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and for the PhD in Bioengineering in the field of Biomaterials. She was Director of the Laboratory of Biomaterials and co-Director of the Laboratory of Biocompatibility and Cell Culture at Politecnico di Milano. In May 2008, she was nominated member of The International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Her research interests comprise synthesis and characterization of polymer biomaterials; design and characterization of polymeric and composite scaffolds for tissue engineering; surface modification to improve cytocompatibility, antibacterial activity and tissue integration. She is Author and Co-Author of more than 250 scientific papers and 21 patents on monomers and polymers for environmental, pharmaceutical and biomedical application.

Plenary Speakers

Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Chemisry, Scientific Pole in Sesto Fiorentino, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesvile, USA

Giovanni Zangari is currently a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his MS in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1991 and his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 1995, working on the electrodeposition of magnetic materials. Before moving to Virginia, he was a post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University in the Data Storage Systems Center and an assistant, then associate professor, at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in close collaboration with the Center for Materials for Information Technology. His research activities lie at the intersection of materials science and electrochemistry. In particular, his group is focused on developing the fundamental science and processing knowledge to tailor materials for micro/nano-electronics, magnetics, and, most recently, energy conversion applications. Current interests encompass the fundamentals of alloy electrodeposition, the synthesis of semiconductor materials for energy applications, the tailoring of electron transport properties in dielectric oxides, and the design of novel magnetic storage devices, among others. Prof. Zangari has published more than 170 articles in international scientific journals and has co-authored a book on the science and technology of electrodeposition. He is a Fellow and a member of the Board of the Electrochemical Society and of the Advisory Board of Electrochimica Acta and Coatings journals.

Invited Speakers

Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, Italy

Giuseppe Cappelletti, graduated in Chemistry (2001), is currently Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of University of Milan. His research deals with the preparation and physico-chemical characterization of oxide-based nanomaterials for energetic, environmental, and sensing applications. He has also expertise in the synthesis of hydrophobic and superhydrophobic transparent layers for the protection and conservation of natural and artificial stone materials for cultural heritage. He is the co-author of more than 120 articles, all published on international journals with high impact factor, and 125 Communications in National and International Conferences. He is Guest Editor for the Special Issues entitled "Synthesis and Applications of Nanomaterials for Photocatalysis and Electrocatalysis" and “Nanostructures for Surfaces, Catalysis and Sensing” in Nanomaterials.

Department of Chemistry, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Isabel Coelhoso is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA), Portugal in the areas of Transport Phenomena and Separation Processes. Her research interests are in the areas of membrane separation processes, design of biopolymer membranes for biotechnology, food and health applications and biodegradable polymers and nanocomposites for food packaging. She has participated in 21 research projects (national, with industry, European) and is invited expert for projects evaluation: EU- PRIMA, FCT- Portugal, ANI, ANEP Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva –Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad- Spain, UQ- Australia, RGC Hong Kong SAR, China. Dr. Coelhoso has authored 98 articles, 10 chapter books, two patents and presented over 200 communications in international conferences. She was guest editor of the special issues "Advances in Liquid Membranes", “Biopolymer Membranes for Industrial Applications” and Membrane Processes and Materials for a Sustainable Bioeconomy of the Membranes journal (MDPI) and of the special issues “Edible Films and Coatings”, “Films and Coatings for Food and Health Applications” and “Biodegradable Films and Composite Coatings: Current and Future Trends” of the Journal Coatings (MDPI).

Department of Applied Science and Technology, INSTM and Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Sara Ferraris received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 from Politecnico di Torino and she works at the Department of Applied Science and Technology in Politecnico di Torino. She is active in the field of surface modification and characterization of biomaterials. Her research activities deal with metallic materials, surface functionalization of biomaterials with natural molecules (of animal or vegetal origin), often obtained from industrial byproducts, natural coatings, surface nanotexturing, and chemical treatments or surface activation procedures (e.g., plasma treatments). Moreover, she is active in the field of surface characterization by means of several complementary techniques (FESEM-EDS, FTIR, XPS, UV, contact angle, zeta potential, fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, AFM-KPFM, optical microscopy, tape and scratch adhesion tests, contact profilometry) as well as in the design of customized ageing test, durability, stability and release tests. She is guest editor of two special issue of Coatings (MDPI), co-guest editor of a special issue of Materials (MDPI), review editor for Frontiers in Materials, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology and co-organizer of two symposia for the Materials Science & Technology international conference. She is author of more than 100 publications on international journals and 6 patents (h-index 23, Scopus).

Investigative Science Team, Historic England, Portsmouth, UK.

Francesca Gherardi is a materials scientist in the Investigative Science team at Historic England, Portsmouth, UK. She received a PhD in Materials Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a research focused on the set-up of nanostructured protective treatments for stone and paint surfaces of Cultural Heritage. She worked as a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano and University of Lincoln, UK, where she was involved in several international projects on the development of innovative conservation methodologies for stones, paintings, and textiles. She has contributed to different editorial and scientific boards as a reviewer, and has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings. Her research interests are the analysis of artworks, archaeological objects and buildings, and conservation treatment strategy development.

Future Materials & Design Research Centre, The Future Lab, Tsinghua University, China

Professor Le is a principal investigator of The Future Laboratory of Tsinghua University, Director of the Future Materials & Design Research Centre, engaged in biomimetic nanocomposites, multifunctional surface coatings, lightweight fiber-reinforced composites, digital manufacturing research and their applications in service robots, transport systems, biomedical devices etc. Professor Le was admitted to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Tsinghua University in 1985 majoring in inorganic non-metallic materials, received a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering with distinction in 1989, and a doctorate in engineering in March 1994. Prior to returning to Tsinghua University, he joined the University of Surrey in 1996, then the University of Cambridge in 1997 as a postdoctoral researcher. He was promoted to Senior Research Associate at Cambridge in 2000. Since 2005, he has taught in a number of universities in UK including Dundee University and Plymouth University. He has led or participated in about twenty research projects funded by EU, EPSRC and Innovate UK and published over 120 scientific papers. Professor Le became a Member of Tribology Group Committee of the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) In March 2015, Fellow of the Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) in July 2018 and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) in October 2018. He received an Award for Advances in Science and Technology (3rd Class) in 1994, the Best Paper in the ASME Journal of Tribology Award in 2003 and the Best Presentation Certificate in the 2nd International Conference on Materials and Design in 2020 (MatDes2020).

Conservation Department, The Palace Museum, China

Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Marta Mohedano completed her PhD in Materials Science and Technology (Extraordinary Award) from Complutense University of Madrid-UCM (Spain) in 2011 with the support of a UCM Pre-doctoral Fellowship, including predoctoral stays at the University of Cambridge (UK) for six months. She then continued at the UCM with a postdoctoral research contract until 2013, when she got the prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers and moved to Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht—HZG (Germany). After 32 months at HZG, she reincorporated to UCM in June 2016, firstly as a Juan de la Cierva Incorporacion Fellow, then in 2017 as a ´ Principal Investigator of the national project MAT2015-73355-JIN under the umbrella of the National Programme for Research Aimed at the Challenges of Society, and since 2019, as a Ramon y Cajal Researcher. Dr. Mohedano has contributed to the field of corrosion and protection of light alloys (up to 2021) with a total of 80 publications with >2000 citations and an h-index = 32 (Scopus), more than 50 communications to national/international conferences, participation in 13 research projects, 14 technology transfer contracts and 1 utility model. In 2015, she was awarded the international EFC—Kurt Schwabe Prize, presented every three years to a young scientist below 35 years of age in recognition of his or her scientific and technical contribution to the field of corrosion of materials. In 2021, she was awarded the international prize Coatings 2021 Young Investigator Award, supported by MDPI. She is very active in scientific organizations and currently, she is the Chair of the Young EFC (European Federation of Corrosion), the EFC Social Media Manager, the Chair of the Task Force Corrosion and Protection, and Board Member in the Spanish Society of Materials (SOCIEMAT). Her research interests lie in the tailoring of surfaces of light alloys (Mg, Al, and Ti) and detailed corrosion studies in different environments for transport and biomaterials applications.

Pathology Laboratory, Postharvest Technology Center (CTP), Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA), Montcada, Valencia, Spain

Lluís Palou completed a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering with major emphasis on Postharvest Plant Pathology in 2002 (IRTA-UdL, University of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain). From 1999 to 2003 he served as a Postgraduate Researcher at the Kearney Agricultural Center, University of California, USA. He created in 2003 the Pathology Laboratory at the Postharvest Technology Center (CTP), Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA), Montcada, Valencia, Spain. Since 2017 he is a research professor and the head of the CTP. His main research interests are applied research and extension on general postharvest pathology of horticultural produce, mainly Mediterranean fruits such as citrus, stone fruits, pomegranate, or persimmon; integrated disease management; alternatives to conventional fungicides; and effect of postharvest antifungal treatments on fruit storage potential, quality attributes, and nutritional and bioactive compounds. He has directed and evaluated Spanish and international research projects, supervised 4 doctoral theses, trained national and international students, and collaborated with research groups in USA, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Turkey or Tunisia. To date, he has published over 80 peer-reviewed research articles (WOS h-index of 30), 25 book chapters or invited reviews, 65 extension or technical articles, and 130 congresses and symposia communications. He is currently a member of the editorial board of 10 scientific or technical journals, has performed as reviewer of manuscripts for more than 40 scientific journals, and has been a member of the organizing and/or scientific committee of 12 scientific congresses.

Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Prof. Dr. Monica Santamaria holds a MSc. in Chemical Engineering at Università di Palermo (1997) and a PhD (2001) in Electrochemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. She is leading the "Applied Elecrochemistry" group at Dipartimento di Ingegneria (Università di Palermo), where she is Full Professor of Applied Electrochemistry. Her research deals with the use of photoelectrochemistry in the characterization of electronic properties of passive films and corrosion layers, as well as of oxides for advanced technological applications in the field of electronics or energy conversion and storage. More recently, her research activity deals also with low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Monica Santamaria has published more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters and has an h-factor of 23. In 2006, she has been awarded the Hans-Jürgen Engell prize by International Society of Electrochemistry for her contribution on Electrodeposition, Corrosion and Surface Treatments. She is Past Chair of Division 4 “Electrochemical Materials Science” of the International Society of Electrochemistry. She was awarded a prestigious Fellowship for Research in Japan by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (June 2019) for her contributions in the advancement on Anodizing Science and Technology.

University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Carlo Santoro is an Environmental Engineer by training (Politecnico di Milano). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in 2009, working on microbial fuel cells. He moved to the University of New Mexico in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher working on low-cost platinum-free catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction and supercapacitive bio-electrochemical systems. Following a spell as Lecturer at the University of Manchester in 2020, he joined the University of Milano-Bicocca as Assistant Professor, where he has established the Electrocatalysis and Bioelectrocatalysis Lab. His work focuses on development of electrocatalysts for based on platinum group metal-free materials, pursuing biomimetic and bioinspired approaches, and on bioelectrochemical systems (enzymatic and microbial).

Department of Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, USA

Kelsey Stoerzinger’s research interests span the (electro)chemical transformation of molecules into fuels, chemical feedstocks, and recovered resources. Special emphasis is put on the use of abundant elements to drive these reactions in an economical and scalable manner by renewable electricity. Surface science approaches are used to probe the reaction mechanism by in situ and operando X-ray and vibrational spectroscopies. In 2021, she received the NSF CAREER award for her work in seawater electrolysis.

CIDETEC, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Dr. J.M. Vega completed his PhD in Chemistry (Extraordinary Award) from Complutense University of Madrid-UCM (Spain) in 2011 with the support of a JAE Pre-doctoral Fellowship from CSIC/CENIM, including 3 different grants for pre-doctoral stays: Oxford University (UK) (3 months, 2008) and The Ohio State University (U.S.A.) (4 months in 2009 and 3 months in 2010). He moved to Delft (The Netherlands) as a post-doctoral researcher with private contracts in M2i and TU Delft (Aerospace Faculty) for 2 years (1 contract per year). During this period, he obtained a grant from ASML to do a consultancy (4 months) and once it finished, he completed his post-doc with a short-stay (3 months) in 3ME Faculty (TU Delft). After 27 months at TU Delft, he was hired at Fundación CIDETEC (San Sebastián, Spain) as a Senior Researcher in 2013 and 14 months later, he got a Torres Quevedo Fellowship. Since November 2018 he was promoted to Head of Corrosion and Tribology. His interest on research is focused on topics such as corrosion/corrosion monitoring using NDT strategies, corrosion mechanisms, self-healing polymers and coatings for corrosion protection (organic, hybrid and inorganic and its evaluation), tribocorrosion, detailed characterization using conventional and localized electrochemical techniques. Dr. Vega has contributed to the field of corrosion, coatings, tribology and tribocorrosion with a total of 23 publications with >500 citations and an h-index = 13 (Scopus), more than 40 communications to national/international conferences, inventor in 2 patents and participation in 38 research projects (2 CleanSky projects from H2020 framework as coordinator) including technology transfer.

Department of Food Engineering, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillán, Chile

Dr. Ricardo Villalobos Carvajal, is a Food Engineer from the Universidad de la Serena-Chile. In 2003, he obtained his Ph.D in Food Science and Technology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia-Spain. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Food Engineering at the Universidad del Bío Bío, Chillán-Chile. Dr. Villalobos was the head of the Food Engineering department and the Food Engineering Doctoral Program. He teaches and conducts research in the Food Engineering Undergraduate programs, in the Food Science and Engineering Magister, and in the Food Engineering Doctorate Program. Since obtaining his Ph.D, he has investigated the development of edible coatings and films, using biopolymers from renewable sources, for their application in the preservation of plant products. In this field, he has made a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) 2008, Valencia-Spain and a stay at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University (MSU) in the United States, in the years 2012-2013. Currently his research is focused on the development of edible coatings, encapsulation of active compounds and probiotics using emulsification technology through high pressure homogenization. Dr. Villalobos has authored 25 peer-reviewed publications WOS (h-index of 13 with > 1200 citations), he has been a reviewer of articles for several scientific journals (Food Hydrocolloids, Carbohydrate Polymers, Journal of Food Engineering, Journal of Food Science and Agriculture…). He has participated in 2 international projects (China and Netherlands), 5 national projects. He has also been an evaluator of several projects, he has advised 3 doctoral theses, and 5 master's theses. He has participated in 5 doctoral thesis evaluation commissions and 6 magister thesis evaluation commissions. He owns 2 patent applications.

Program at a Glance

Wednesday 24 Nov. 2021
Thursday 25 Nov. 2021
Friday 26 Nov. 2021
Welcome from the Chairs and MDPI
S5. Coatings and Interfaces in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Preservation
Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Ioannis Karapanagiotis
S2. Bioactive Coatings, Surfaces and Interfaces
Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina Tanzi
Opening Plenary Talk
Prof. Dr. Ugo Bardi
S1. Coatings for Corrosion Wear and Erosion Mitigation
Session Chair: Dr. Marta Mohedano
S4. Coatings for Food Packaging and Preservation
Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Stefano Farris
Flash Poster Presentations
Session Chair: Dr. Natasa Vasiljevic
S3. Advances in Coatings Deposition and Surface Functionalization
Session Chair: Dr. László Péter
Closing Plenary Talk
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Zangari
Chairs Closing Remarks

Detailed Program

Find the detailed program below. Please note that all times are in Central European Time (CET).

Day 1 - Wednesday, 24 November 2021

12:00 - 12:05 CET

Welcome from the Organizers - MDPI

12:05 - 12:15 CET

Welcome from the Chairs - Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi, Prof. Dr. Massimo Innocenti

12:15-13:00 CET

Opening Plenary Talk

Prof. Dr. Ugo Bardi
University of Firenze, Italy

13:00 - 14:00 CET

S1. Coatings for Corrosion Wear and Erosion Mitigation

Session Chair: Dr. Marta Mohedano

13:00 - 13:30

Prof. Dr. Monica Santamaria
University of Palermo, Italy

Improvement of Corrosion Resistance of Light Alloys by Electrochemically Grown Coatings

13:30 - 14:00

Dr. Jesús Manuel Vega
CIDETEC, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Tribocorrosion Performance of Different Ni-Based Coatings: Ni/B by Electrodeposition and Multilayer Ni/P (Low Content) By Electroless

14:00 - 15:30 CET


15:30 - 16:30 CET

S4. Coatings for Food Packaging and Preservation

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Stefano Farris

15:30 - 16:00

Prof. Dr. Lluís Palou
Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA), Valencia, Spain

Postharvest Disease Control and Quality Maintenance of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables by Antifungal Edible Coatings

16:00 - 16:30

Prof. Dr. Isabel Coelhoso
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Prickly Pears Bioactive Compounds Preservation by Edible Coatings

Day 2 - Thursday, 25 November 2021

12:00 - 13:30 CET

S5. Coatings and Interfaces in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Preservation

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Ioannis Karapanagiotis

12:00 - 12:30

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Cappelletti
University of Milan, Italy

On the Different Strategies to Reduce the Decay of Stone-Built Cultural Heritage

12:30 - 13:00

Prof. Dr. Yong Lei
The Palace Museum, China

The Identification of Green Pigments in Chinese Paintings

13:00 - 13:30

Dr. Francesca Gherardi
Investigative Science Team, Historic England, Portsmouth, UK

Nano Meets Heritage: Nanomaterials for the Conservation of Historical Buildings and Artworks

13:30 - 15:00 CET


15:00 - 16:05 CET

Flash Poster Presentations

Session Chair: Dr. Natasa Vasiljevic

15:00 - 15:05

Andressa Trentin

How Do Lithium and Cerium Ions Act as Corrosion Inhibitors in PMMA-Silica Coatings on AA7075? A Mechanistic Study

15:05 - 15:10

Rubén del Olmo

Wear Resistant Surface Treatments for Additively Manufactured Al10Si1Mg Alloy

15:10 - 15:15

Serdar Sonay Özbay

Ion Release Measurements of Cu/Ag-TiN-Based Antibacterial Coatings on Textiles Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering

15:15 - 15:20

Lara Moreno

Bioactive PEO Coatings for Al-free Mg Systems: Mg-Ca, Mg-Ca-Ag, Mg-Zn-Ca Alloys

15:20 - 15:25

Jolanta Lidia Szelwicka

Deposition of Stoichiometric VO2 on Ultra-Thin Glass in Roll-To-Roll Process

15:25 - 15:30

Eduardo Guzmán

Deposition of Synthetic and Bio-Based Polycations Onto Negatively Charged Solid Surfaces: Effect of the Polymer Cationicity, Ionic Strength, and the Addition of an Anionic Surfactan

15:30 - 15:35

Corrado Garlisi

Compositionally Graded Sodium Tantalate Thin Films Deposited by Chemical Beam Vapour Deposition

15:35 - 15:40

Luca Panariello

Sustainable Multifunctional Biobased Coatings From Waste Sources for Paper and Bioplastics

15:40 - 15:45

Ekaterina A. Kukushkina

Chitosan-Based Multicomponent Antibacterial Coatings to Prevent Biofilm Formation for Food Packaging Application

15:45 - 15:50

Antonella Privitera

Assessment of Copper Alloy Corrosion Inhibitors 1h-Benzotriazole and 5-Phelyn-1h-Tetrazole and Their Nanoencapsulation via One-Step Synthesis: A Comparative Study by Spectroscopic Methods and Microscopy Techniques

15:50 - 16:05

Q&A Session

Day 3 - Friday, 26 November 2021

12:00 - 13:30 CET

S2. Bioactive Coatings, Surfaces and Interfaces

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina Tanzi

12:00 - 12:30

Dr. Carlo Santoro
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Tuning Surfaces to Improve Bacterial Attachment in Bioelectrochemical Systems

12:30 - 13:00

Prof. Dr. Huirong Le
Future Materials & Design Research Centre, Tsinghua University, China

Surface Modifications of Titanium Alloys for Antibacterial Implants

13:00 - 13:30

Dr. Sara Ferraris
INSTM and Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Surface Modification of Bioactive Materials With Natural Molecules

13:30 - 15:00 CET


15:00 - 16:00 CET

S3. Advances in Coatings Deposition and Surface Functionalization

Session Chair: Dr. László Péter

15:00 - 15:30

Dr. Marta Mohedano
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Multifunctional Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) Coatings on Mg Alloys

15:30 - 16:00

Dr. Kelsey Stoerzinger
Oregon State University, USA

Epitaxial Oxide Thin Films: New Insight Into Electrocatalysis and Corrosion

16:00 - 16:45 CET

Closing Plenary Talk

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Zangari
University of Virginia, Charlottesvile, USA

Materials, Coatings, and Energy in the time of COP26

16:45 - 17:00 CET

Chairs Closing Remarks - Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi, Prof. Dr. Massimo Innocenti

Book of Abstracts

Please find below the Book of Abstracts for the 3rd Coatings and Interfaces Conference.


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Instructions for Authors


Submissions should be made by authors online by registering with, and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating in the conference can submit their abstract (about 200–300 words) online on this website until 1 October 2021.
  2. The Conference Committee will notify the acceptance of the abstract by 15 October 2021.
  3. In case of acceptance, authors will be asked to submit a poster (in PDF) until the submission deadline on 2 November 2021. In addition, each accepted abstract will have the opportunity to be selected for a Flash Poster Presentation in a live online session. You will be notified about the selection by 19 November 2021.
  4. The posters will be available on for discussion and rating during the time of the conference from 24-26 November 2021.
  5. After the conference, the Scientific Committee will select abstracts for which extended papers may be included for publication in a Special Issue of the open access journal Coatings with a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC). Extended paper submissions will undergo the usual process of the journal, including peer-review.


Posters will be available on this conference website during the event. Participants will be able to check each poster and post comments and questions during the entire conference. Please submit your Poster along with a copy of your accepted abstract before 2 November 2021, following the poster instructions: 1) The poster should be in PDF format 2) The content of the poster should be a comprehensive presentation of your accepted submission. 3) No copyright issues with any elements in the poster.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting to this conference, you retain the copyright of your contribution(s), but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish it online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your work to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).


Although free, registration to the event is mandatory. Please note that submission and registration are two different processes. During registration, please provide us with the same email address you used to submit your abstract(s). Otherwise, leave us a comment in the registration form, providing the email address used during the submission process. In addition, please use your institutional email address for both processes.

If you are registering several people under the same registration order, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual institutional email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that registration will be closed on 23 November 2021.

Conference Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference’s esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide two Best Poster Awards.

As a sponsor, Coatings would like to award the two best posters as elected by the conference committee. The Awards will consist of 500 Swiss Francs (CHF) to each awardee.

Posters should have the following information:

  • Title (with authors and affiliations)
  • Introduction / Objectives / Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contact information

Criteria of judgement on the poster should be clarity of poster and appearance quality.

Special Issue

Selected Papers from the 3rd Coatings and Interfaces Conference (CIC2021)
Guest Editors: Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi, Prof. Dr. Massimo Innocenti
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2022.
A special issue of Coatings.

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