east Forum 2018
27 - 29 June 2018
32nd International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies
27 - 29 June 2018
CIDETEC Surface Engineering, San Sebastián, Spain
The 32nd International Conference on Surface Modification
Technologies (SMT32) is aimed at fostering research on surface engineering, promoting related international
cooperation among scientists and engineers and providing means for the public dissemination of the results from these
The event will feature east Forum 2018 and the annual members meeting of the European Academy of Surface Technology (east).
CIDETEC is located in the Basque Country, one of the regions with the highest rates of progress and well-being standards in Europe and characterized by a solid industrial tradition that currently represents a quarter of its productive endeavour. It also counts on a self-government system that allows it to establish its own economic and fiscal policies.
2 march 2018
8th European Pulse Plating Seminar,
The European Pulse Plating Seminar was held for the 8th time in Vienna on March 2nd 2018. The event was hosted in the Technical Museum of Vienna, ideally combining historic technical milestones with future-oriented technology. The Pulse Plating seminar was organised by Dr. Wolfgang Hansal and colleagues from Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces GmbH in cooperation with east. The seminar was well attended by more than 50 participants from academy and industry representing 14 different countries, enjoying the presentations and participating in fruitful discussions on this topic.
The symposium was dedicated to the memory of the late east president Prof. Dr. Pietro L. Cavallotti, who passed away last October. Prof. Cavallotti was in addition to many other achievements also very active in the field of pulse plating. In honour of Prof. Cavallotti, the newly founded award for achievements in Pulse Plating, the Pietro Cavallotti Award, was given to Dr. Jean-Claude Puippe, Steiger Galvanotechnoque SA, for significant research and dissemination efforts within pulse plating. The Award was sponsored by Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces GmbH.
In his presentation Dr. Puippe discussed the limiting factors of pulse plating with connection electrochemical fundamentals. With the derivation of the lower and upper limits of the length of the applied pulses from capacity effects and mass transport limitations, Dr. Puippe managed to give a comprehensive overview of the single dependencies of the layer properties on the deposition parameters. For this an interactive table was presented, visualising the critical parameters when exceeding the derived limits. The presentation (pdf, ~3,4 MB) and the table (xlsx, ~290 kB) can be downloaded.
Pulse Plating J-Cl Puippe 2018
7 april 2017
east Forum 2017
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
east Forum 2017 returned to the location of the east headquarters, Schwäbisch Gmünd. The conference entitled: “Present research and development in European surface technology” took place on the 7th April. The local organization committee was headed by Dr. Manfred Baumgärtner, fem.
The 80 attendees were welcomed by Mr. Alexander Groll from the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd, which is providing east important support.
The highlights of the programme were two prize ceremonies. The International EAST Prize was awarded to Professor Dr. P.L. Cavallotti, Politecnico di Milano, and the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists was awarded to Dr. Jin Zhang, Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Dr. S. Nineva, Umicore Galvanotechnik gave an invited talk on Post-treatment Process with Enhanced Technical Performance: Corrosion protection for Electrical Contacts.
About half of the talks were about electrochemical energy storage or energy conversion, covering specific subjects like synthesis of electrode material for supercapacitors, fuel cells, electrolysis and aluminium-air batteries. Another topic covered by several speakers covered alternatives to chromium plating from chromate containing electrolytes. Other topics covered were electrodeposition of manganese, zinc, tin, and finally copper from water containing deep eutectic solvents.
3-4 march 2016
east Forum 2016
This year east Forum 2016 was for the second time co-organised with the traditional Pulse Plating Seminar. It was the 7th Pulse Plating Seminar organised by Dr. Wolfgang Hansal, Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces GmbH, in the vicinity of Vienna. This time it was located in the historical imperial Casino in Baden/Austria.
The combined event covered two full days with 26 presentations and an additional exhibition. The first day contained a broad spectrum of electroplating processes while the second day was fully dedicated pulse plating.
This successful event war attended by 75 scientists and industrialists representing 16 different countries and we are looking forward to the next Pulse Plating Symposium in 2018.
25-26 june 2015
east Forum 2015
The annual EAST Forum conference entitled “Progress in Functional and Sustainable Surface Technology”, took this year place in the historical university town of Lund in Sweden. The local organizing institutions were Jönköping University and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
It was a successful event with 33 scientific presentations and more than 60 participants representing 15 European countries. EAST Forum 2015 did also host an exhibition showing equipment and examples of advanced processes and products.
The majority of the presentations were about electrochemical surface treatment, but also physical vapour deposition, ion implantation and sol-gel coating were represented. Corrosion protection of steel and light metal was an important theme discussed in many of the presentations at the conference.
The EAST Forum was followed by the annual EAST member meeting 2015 at which Prof. Dr. Peter Leisner was elected as new president of EAST following Prof. Dr. Luigi Pietro Cavallotti who had been president since 1989.