The International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF) is recognized as the premier international conference on thin film deposition, characterization, and advanced surface engineering. It provides a forum and networking venue for scientists, engineers, and technologists from academia, government laboratories, and industry. Attendees from all over the world come to present their findings, exchange ideas, share insights, make new friends, and renew old acquaintances. The Conference typically draws more than 800 attendees, covering more than 50 oral technical sessions and a well-attended Thursday evening poster session.
ICMCTF 2020 will have eight technical symposia A through H and five topical symposia, addressing experimental, theoretical, and manufacturing issues associated with the development of new coating materials and processes, novel methods of analysis and characterization, and approaches to scale-up for commercial applications. The conference will open with a plenary talk on Monday morning by Professor Magnus Berggren from Linköping University, Sweden on “Organic Electronics – Nature Connected.” Another special highlight of the meeting is our Exhibitors Keynote Lecture, presented by Dr. Jörg Vetter, Oerlikon GmbH, Germany. He will present on the topic of “Deposition Methods and Applications of Carbon based Coatings in Industrial Scale.” Three Special Interest Lectures given by top specialists will be featured throughout the conference week. Professor Igor Abrikosov from the Linköping University, Sweden will speak on “Materials Discoveries at Extreme Conditions: A Path Towards New Advanced Materials.” Dr Peter Polcik from Plansee Composite Materials GmbH, Germany will share his great experience on “Design, Metallurgy and Manufacturing Technologies of Targets for Hard Coating and Tribological Applications.” Professor André Anders, Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering, Germany, will talk on “Plasma Aspects in the Deposition of Advanced Coatings.”
In addition to the technical program, the Conference features a two-day industrial exhibition, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29, showcasing the latest in equipment, materials and services used for the deposition, monitoring, and characterization of coatings and thin films. The Exhibition is open to the public. An educational program of Short Courses and Focused Topic Sessions (FTS) will be offered throughout the week.
Each year, the R.F. Bunshah Award Laureate and three outstanding Graduate Student Award winners are celebrated during a special convocation late Wednesday afternoon, April 29, followed by a festive buffet reception in the evening. In addition, at ICMCTF 2020, we will be recognizing the first recipient of the Bill Sproul Award and Honorary ICMCTF lectureship.
ICMCTF will again publish excellent scientific and technical work in peer-reviewed issues of the two Elsevier journals Surface and Coatings Technology (SCT) and Thin Solid Films (TSF), so we strongly encourage all authors to submit manuscripts for consideration by March 20, 2020.
The Town and Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center, located in sunny San Diego of Southern California, will be the official conference venue, providing a relaxed atmosphere for discussion and networking among attendees.
Grzegorz (Greg) Greczynski Christopher Muratore
2020 Program Chair 2020 General Chair