This session will cover all the coatings which have to withstand mechanical solicitations (hertzian contacts, gas erosion, etc.) Decorative layers have special demands, not only aesthetical, but also anti-scratch properties are required commonly. Hydrophobic or hydrophilic nanofilms will be also included.
Thin films for energy conversion, catalysis and related processes
Under this topic a wide range of applications are included: thin film photovoltaics, transparent conductive oxides, solar selective absorbers, mirrors, low emission glass windows, hydrogen storage, electrolizers, batteries, fuel cells, catalytic materials, etc.).
From molecules and nanoparticles to nanostructured thin films
This is a more fundamental session to present the basics of thin film manufacturing. Modelling of coating growth or reactions taking place during the formation of the layer are also considered. Creation of nanoparticles and related films are included, and nanostructured films as a special case.
Properties and characterization techniques of nanofilms
This topic will include all the presentations more centred in properties and advanced characterization of films: either from a performance point of view or fundamental analysis (microstructure, crystallography, composition, spectroscopies, etc.).
Novel 2D materials: synthesis, characterization and applications
This session is intended to highlight state-of-the-art methods of growth and synthesis of 2D materials and heterostructures (graphene and other artificial materials with one-atomic-plane precision) as well as their structural, electronic and optical characterization.