east Forum 2017

7. april 2017 in 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.