east Forum 2018
4 - 6 July 2018
32nd International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies
4 - 6 July 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.
7 april 2017
east Forum, 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, Baden, Austria
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, Lund, Sweden
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.