Welcome to east
The European Academy of Surface Technology (east) is a non-profit organisation which represents an International Platform for Science and Technology and an Interface between Research and Application in all Areas of Surface Technology.
east is an international non-profit organisation which solely and directly follows objectives of public utility (with respect to German tax provision).
The overall objective of east is the Europe-wide promotion of science, research, training and education in the fields of surface technology and related areas.
The objectives of east shall be realised especially by the performance of scientific events as well as the support, co-ordination and promotion of research projects.
The basis for the accomplishment of these tasks is the European Board of east, where nearly each European State is represented by one or two members who are recognised in their country as leading specialists in surface technology. Non-European countries are represented by Associated Members. The responsibility for the realisation of activities planned, is with the Executive Board and the Office of east, which are located in Schwäbisch Gmünd at the Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry. east co-operates with national associations, educational and research institutions, as well as the industry of member countries. Individuals, societies, institutions and companies can become Supporting Members.
The practical realisation of the ideas and aims is achieved by Europe-wide press releases, conferences and seminars in the member countries. For realisation of projects of an European dimension in the area of education, further training and research, east closely co-operates with the institutions of the European Commission (EC). Within the scope of several European programmes east significantly contributes to the co-operation and the technology transfer between science and industry.
EAST ANNIVERSARY 2019
EAST celebrated its 30 years anniversary on the 17th of October 2019 in the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd where it all started. The anniversary meeting was conducted as a scientific workshop and a celebration ceremony with invited guests followed by the annual east board meeting. The celebration ceremony was initiated by a presentation of the history of EAST given by David Gabe and Peter Leisner. Thereafter, the lord mayor of the City of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Mr. Richard Arnold expressed his gratitude and acknowledged the contribution of Ali Fuat Cakir, Klaus Eilhoff, David Gabe, Hasso Kaiser, Milko Monev, Wolfgang Schuster (in absentia), Wolfgang Paatsch, and Jean-Claude Puippe in the establishment of EAST.
At the 30 years anniversary celebration it can be concluded that EAST has developed in parallel with the challenges of Europe. EAST has built bridges between European scientists independently of the prevailing political order, and between generations and genders, which makes EAST a modern and relevant organisation ready to meet future challenges.
At the following annual board meeting of EAST it was decided to establish the Schwäbisch Gmünd Scientific Exchange Grant. The purpose is to encourage European cooperation by supporting exchange among European research groups working in the area of surface technology by granting short term exchange for performing specific research or teaching activities. For more information see scientific exchange grant.
New member from Hungary Dr. László Péter
Dr. László Péter has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Surface Technology representing Hungary. Dr. L. Péter is the head of the Complex Fluids Department at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Beside his research activities in electrodeposition processes, with the focus on electrodeposition of metallic nanostructures, metallic multilayers, and magnetoresistance in electrodeposited magnetic nanostructures, Dr. László Péter is an active part in several international education activities like COST project e-Minds. He was one of the founders and is still one of the organizers of EDNANO conference.
New member from Spain Prof. Dr. Eva Pellicer
Prof. Dr. Eva Pellicer has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Surface Technology representing Spain. Prof. Eva Pellicer holds a position at the Physics Department at Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, where she is focused on electrochemical synthesis and characterisation of micro and nano-structured materials. She is an experienced participant in European research cooperation.
New member from Italy Dr. Maria Lekka
Dr. Maria Lekka has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Surface Technology representing Italy. Dr. Lekka holds a position at the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Udine. Among many other achievements, Dr. Maria Lekka is coordinating the European post-graduate training network mCBEEs (Advanced integrative solutions to corrosion problems beyond micro-scale: towards long-term durability of miniaturized biomedical, electronic and energy systems) under the COST programme.
Special session east at the SMT33
EAST, together with the Italian Association of Metal Finishing AIFM, organized a special session within the 33rd International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT33) dedicated to the field of surface treatments by wet processes. SMT33, jointly organized by University of Napoli “Federico II” and University of Salerno in Naples, 26 - 28 June, 2019. The three-day conference had intended to cover progress on all aspects of surface modification techniques, from both the macroscopic and microscopic viewpoints.
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2020 is open for application
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2020 is open for application until 1 December 2019. The prize ceremony will take place during
the combined event east forum 2020 / 9th Pulse Plating Seminar 2020, from 5 - 6 March 2020 in Vienna, Austria.
For more information - see prize for young scientists
Dr. Luis F. Arenas wins the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2019
Dr. Luis Fernando Arenas Martinez from the Electrochemical Engineering Laboratory, Energy Technology Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK, wins the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize 2019 for young scientist based on his research: Electrodeposition of Platinum on Titanium Felt in a Rectangular Channel Flow Cell. Prize ceremony and invited talk will be during Electrochem 2019/east forum 2019, 26-28 August, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Paper: “Electrodeposition of Platinum on Titanium Felt in a Rectangular Channel Flow Cell” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 164 (2) D57-D66 (2017).
Last e-MINDS workshop, Milan 13-15 February 2019
The final workshop of the COST action e-MINDS was hosted by Prof. Dr. Luca Magagnin, 13-15 February at the Polytechnico de Milano www.e-minds.ch.
The picture shows Dr. László Péter reporting from the very successful training schools organized within COST action e-MINDS at the management committee meeting chaired by e-MINDS coordinator Dr. Salvadore Pané.
Obituary: Professor Tamaz Agladze, 12 August 1940 – 03 December 2018
Our European representative from Georgia Professor Tamaz Agladze passed away on 30 December 2018. He had a strong internationally career combining academic excellence and industrial applications. He also played an important role in organizing industrial innovation and quality management in the independent state of Georgia. We have lost an active member of EAST, dear colleague and friend.
Workshop in the European Training network mCBEEs
The training network mCBBEs involves many east representatives and focuses on solving corrosion problem on micro- and nanoscale. It has been ongoing for one year and during this time 15 Ph.D. students has been recruited. From 5-9 November 2018 mCBEEs had its one-year workshop at Jönköping University, Sweden, including lectures and poster session. This was the first event where all involved had the chance to meet. More information is available on www.mcbees.eu.
Election of the Executive Board
The annual member meeting of east was held in connection to the recent conference SMT32 that also integrated east froum 2018. The European Board reelected the executive board and the board reappointed the sitting president, meaning that the executive board remains consisting of the following persons:
- Prof. Dr. Peter Leisner (president)
- Mr. Richard Arnold (vice president)
- Prof. Dr. Evangelia (Litsa) Pavlatou
- Dr. Wolfgang Hansal
- Dr. Andreas Zielonka
Apply now for The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists
In the spirit of the mission of east, the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists has been established with the purpose to encourage promising young scientists. Application should be based on published research performed in Europe and should contain a published peer reviewed paper with the applicant as main or co-author. In addition to the prize money, the winner is expected to give an invited talk at the east forum 2019 as a part of Electrochem 2019, from 26 - 28 August 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
For more information - see prize for young scientists.
New member from Ireland Dr. David Culliton
Dr. David Culliton has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Surface Technology representing Ireland. Dr. Culliton holds a position at the Institute of Technology at Carlow (ITC) where he is in the process of setting up the Applied Electrochemistry Group. Dr. David Culliton does also have a strong industrial background and is very experienced in bridging between academic research and industrial applications.
Dr. Jean-Claude Puippe has received the Pietro L. Cavallotti Pulse Plating Award
The award is given in memory of Prof. Dr. P.L. Cavallotti for a significant research and dessemination effort within pulse plating. The award is sponcered by Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces GmbH represented by manging director Dr. Wolfgang Hansal and were given at a ceremony during the 8th Pulse Plating Symposium, 2nd March 2018, Vienna.
Dr. N. Truong Nguyen wins the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2018
Dr. Nhat Truong Nguyen from the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, wins the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for young scientists 2018 based on his research: Thermal dewetting of noble metals on anodic TiO2 nanotubes leads to significantly enhanced photocatalytic H2 generation. Prize ceremony and invited talk will be during SMT32/east forum 2018, 27-29 June, San Sebastián, Spain.
Paper: “Efficient Photocatalytic H2 Evolution: Controlled Dewetting–Dealloying to Fabricate Site-Selective High-Activity Nanoporous Au Particles on Highly Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays” Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 3208-3215.
Welcome Poland! New member Prof. Dr. Piotr R. Zabinski
Professor Piotr Zabinski has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Technology representing Poland. Professor Zabinski hold a position at Faculty of Non-ferrous Metals at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow where his research focuses on applied electrochemictry and surface technology. Professor Zabinski has over the years been guest reseacher in many international research groups.
15 open Ph.D. position in European Training Network on corrosion in micro- and nanoscale
The training network mCBEEs (Advanced integrative solutions to Corrosion problems beyond micro-scale: toward long-term durability of miniaturized Biomedical, Electronic and Energy systems) funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action are recruiting 15 Ph.D. students. More information is available on www.mcbees.eu
New representative of Denmark
Dr. Lars Pleth Nielsen who is director of the Tribology Centre at the Danish Technological Institute has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Technology representing Denmark. Among many other achievements Dr. Nielsen is one of the authors of the book Advanced Surface Technology.
On 25-27 of October a workshop within the European COST Action e-MINDS (Electrochemical processing methodologies and corrosion protection for device and system miniaturization) took place in Barcelona hosted by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. 19 countries were represented among the more than 60 participants, which included 11 east board members. Eight task groups were formed, which will continue their work according to draft plans developed during the workshop. For more information see: www.e-minds.ch
Obituary: Professor Pietro Luigi Cavallotti, 11 Nov 1938 – 12 Oct 2017
Our past president Professor Pietro Luigi Cavallotti passed away on 12 October 2017. He was internationally recognized as an excellent scientist and innovator. As recently as in April he received the International east Prize for his contribution to surface technology. We have lost a dear mentor, colleague and friend.
New European Training Network solving corrosion problems on micro-and nanoscale: mCBEEs
mCBEEs (acronym for: Advanced integrative solutions to Corrosion problems beyond micro-scale: toward long-term durability of miniaturized Biomedical, Electronic and Energy systems) is a new doctoral student training network funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action scheme with strong representation from east European Board members. The network is in the process of recruiting 15 Ph.D. students.
More information I available on www.mcbees.eu.
New books: Advanced Surface Technology
We are exited to announce that the popular book: “Advanced Surface Technology” by Per Møller and Lars Pleth Nielsen now can be ordered directy from the east webpage at a favourable prize.
For more information - see east literature.
New representative of Finland
Professor Dr. Mari Lundström who is leading the Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion Group at the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Aalto University has been elected as new member of the European Board of the European Academy of Surface Technology (east) representing Finland.
New representative of Germany
Professor Dr. Andreas Bund who is leading the Electrochemistry and Electroplating Group at the Technocal University of Ilmenau has been elected as new member of the European Board and a new academic representative of Germany of the European Academy of Surface Technology (east).
Prof. Dr. Pietro Luigi Cavallotti awarded the International east prize
For the third time in the history of east, the International east prize has been awarded. The prize was given to Professor Pietro L. Cavallotti from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His long and brilliant career stated in 1963 and has resulted in about 400 scientific reports covering electrochemistry and surface technology. Professor Cavallotti is recognized as an excellent teacher. He has shown international leadership by coordinating European research projects, organizing international conferences, by being president of International Union for Surface Finishing (IUSF) and east, and several other organisations.
The International east prize is a prize given for exceptional scientific and technical achievements in surface technology and for having an outstanding European impact. The prize winner is elected by the European Board of east, which consists of leading European scientists in the field of surface technology. The prize is followed by 5.000 € and an electroformed golden unicorn statuette.
Dr. Jin Zhang prize winner 2017
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for young scientists 2017 won Dr. Jin Zhang from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for young scientists
The Schwäbisch Gmünd
Scientific Exchange Grant
The grant is given in the name of the town Schwäbisch Gmünd, where east has had its headquarter since its foundation in 1989. The town of Schwäbisch Gmünd has always been a strong support for east and has a long tradition of craftsmanship of precious metals. The Schwäbisch Gmünd Scientific Exchange Grant is established in celebration of the 30 years anniversary of east and is given for the first time 2020.
Advanced Surface Technology
by Per Møller & Lars Pleth Nielsen
hardcover, 2 volume, 1250 pages
price: 100,- € + shipment
(10,- € discount for European board members of east)
It is truly a “textbook” in two volumes with more than 1250 pages covering practically all relevant techniques of surface treatments and modifications including more than 300 pages on surface characterization. The book is intended both as a universal teaching book for engineers and university students but also as a “bible” for those involved in applied surface treatment and engineers dealing with product development involving surfaces. It is used already at university level in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Belgium.
The book covers the entire product value chain from surface pretreatment, polishing, electroplating of various metals and alloys, thermal diffusion processes, conversion coatings, anodizing, thermal treatments, thermal spray techniques, vacuum-based processes (PVD, CVD), ion implantation, paint, enamel, corrosion and wear and an introduction to practically all relevant surface characterization techniques.
by Per Møller & Lars Pleth Nielsen
Advanced Surface Technology
”A holistic view on the extensive and intertwined world of applied surface engineering”
"It is truly a surface bible"
"The present two-volume set of Advanced Surface Technology is arguably the most comprehensive ever to be published in the field of surface finishing. Drs. Per Møller and Lars Pleth Nielsen have devoted years of effort to provide, in their words, ‘a holistic view on the extensive and intertwined world of applied surface engineering"
"The books are clear and the schematic setting makes the reading very pleasant and interesting even for those who are simply looking for up-to-date information and data…… the English language is not an obstacle to understanding. It is clear and linear. This book should not miss among the technical manuals of those who are interested in surfaces and their property. It’s definitely a good tool for those who work in technical offices or produce finishes or treatments on metals, as well as offices and, of course, included in the reference manuals, of whom teaches at the University or in Master Class dedicated to surfaces."
Prof. Dr. Carlos M. Müller Jevenois
Prof. Dr. Peter Leisner
Dr. Wolfgang Hansal
Prof. Dr. Evangelia A. Pavlatou
Member of the Executive Board
Member of the European Board
Representative of Greece
National Technical University of Athens School of Chemical Engineering
15780 Athens, Greece
Dr. Andreas Zielonka
Member of the Executive Board
Member of the European Board
Representative of Germany
Forschungsinstitut Edelmetalle + Metallchemie
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Prof. Dr. Salvador Pané i Vidal
Dr. Liana J. Anicai
Prof. Dr. Imre Bakonyi
Prof. Dr. Patrick Benaben
Prof. Dr. Nevenka Elezovic
Dr. Eva García Lecina
Prof. Dr. Ivan Krastev
Prof. Dr. Per Moller
Prof. Dr. Luca Magagnin
Dr. Maria Lekka
Dr. Jean-Claude Puippe
Prof. Dr. Sudipta Roy
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ürgen
Prof. Dr. Frank C. Walsh
Prof. Dr. Caterina Zanella
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Paatsch
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bund
Member of the European Board
Representative of Germany
Ilmenau Technical University, Faculty Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
98693 Ilmenau, Germany
Prof. Dr. Mari Lundström
Dr. Lars P. Nielsen
Prof. Dr. Piotr R. Zabinski
Dr. David Culliton
Member of the European Board
Representative of Ireland
Institute of Technology at Carlow
Department of Aerospace, Mechanical & Electronic Engineering
R93 V960 Carlow, Ireland
Prof. Dr. Eva Pellicer
Dr. László Péter
Types of membership
east has the following types of membership
- Active Members
- Senior Members
- Associated Members
- Supporting Members
All members must be personally engaged in surface science and technology.
The Active Members form the European Board. New Active Members are nominated by the members of the European Board and has to be approved by the European Board. They must be outstanding experts, representing different organisations and be active in fulfilling the duties of Active Members. Active Members is limited to a maximum of four for each European country. Active Members can withdraw their active membership by written resignation and become Senior Members. Persons of non-European countries can be invited for co-operation as Associated Members based on nomination by the European Board. Individuals, scientific and technical societies, institutions and companies can become Supporting Members on written request and pay a fee defined individually by the European Board.
Duties and rights of the members
- All members shall endorse the objectives and activities of east and are obligated to follow the regulations according to the statutes and resolutions of the boards of the organisation
- All members shall represent east in national societies exchanging information and promoting contacts
- All members have to act as a national focus in order to intensify co‐operation and education activities of universities, schools, institutes, companies and societies at the European scale
- All members shall actively support the objectives of east by organising courses, seminars, workshops, networks etc.
- All members shall try to find funds for east activities and management (direct contributions, societies’ contributions, donations etc.)
- All members receive all information distributed by east
- All members can use east as a platform of contact.