The application of coatings onto glass and plastics is still of major importance to create high added value products. Large area deposition of inorganic materials under atmospheric or vacuum conditions has become the basis of energy savings, harvesting, and storage. Optical thin films dominate the market in consumer electronics and communication networks. Emerging markets and new business opportunities for high volume products rely on coatings on flexible substrates generated either through plasma enhanced processes or wet chemical deposition techniques. Advanced materials and hybrid nanocomposites present further options to create multifunctional and even active surfaces contributing to the development of high-tech products and services. The 12th ICCG will highlight these international market trends, discuss new relevant materials and deposition technologies. We will bring together experts from science and industry as well as other stakeholders defining the future of surfaces and coatings.
Prior to the conference, on Monday afternoon June 11, 2018, several short courses will be given by experts in the field of thin films and coatings. These educational lectures are intended to provide fundamental and technological background on specific conference topics.