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The 31st Edition of the International Conference  on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT 31) will take place at the University of Mons, Belgium, on 05 06 and 07 July 2017


Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 10/2/2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 1/3/2017
  • Final paper submission: 15/4/2017
  • Early bird registration: 15/4/2017
  • Author registration: 1/6/2017
  • Full registration: 15/6/2017  


Abstract and papers

Abstracts submission is closed. 

Electronic version of the proceedings will be available at the conference registration.

All papers should be submitted:

  1. according to this template
  2. in PDF (maximum 10 pages and 6Mo)
  3. before 15/4/2017
  4. named: AuthorName_SMT31

Selected papers (up to 100) will be recommended for publication in special issues of the journals Surface Engineering and Materials and Manufacturing Processes.

Posters should be in A0 portrait format. Authors should bring the printed version of the poster to the conference on registration. Poster can be removed from Friday 07 July 14.00.


Registration fees include admission to the conference, welcome pack and social events.

For special food requirements, please contact before June 15, 2017.

After April 15, 2017, registration fees will encrease of 10%. End of full registration: June 15, 2017.

  • Standard registration fee (600 €)
  • EFC Member registration fee (500 €)
  • PhD/Student registration fee** (300 €)
  • Exhibition Space with table (includes one Participant) (1500 €)
  • Additional Participant with exhibition space (500 €)
  • Accompanying person for the social event (250 €)


You will be given the opportunity to request an invitation letter for administrative procedure (VISA) on the registration form. 

Please click on this link to proceed with your registration: registration & payment 


Program, topics and committees 

Final program: here

Opening talk

  • T. S. Sudarshan (MatMod INC - USA): "Emulate to Innovate"
  • Plenary speakers

  • Michel Jeandin (Mines ParisTech - France): "Cold Spray under the banner of thermal spray in the whirlwind of additive manufacturing"
  • Prof. Dr. Mikhail Zheludkevich (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Germany): "Active protective coatings with nano-containers of corrosion inhibitors"
  •  Dr. Salvador Pané i Vidal (ETH Zürich - Switzerland): "Electrochemical processing technologies: a versatile approach for manufacturing micro- and nanomachines"
  • Topics 

    Coatings synthesis and surface treatments
    • Electro and electroless plating
    • Sol-gel coatings
    • Conversion coating, anodizing and electrolytic arc oxidation
    • Gas phase surface treatments
    • Thermal spraying, cold spraying and plasma-based surface modification
    • Surface modification of non-metallic materials



    Applications and characterization of engineered surfaces
    • Hydro-,ice- and oleo phobic/philic surfaces
    • Coatings for electrics, photovoltaics and sensors
    • Corrosion protection
    • Wear and tribological applications
    • Characterization of engineered surfaces
    • Superficial residual stresses
    • Functional coatings
    • Optical coatings
    • Functionalisation of biomaterials 



    Local organizing committee
    • Véronique Vitry (chair), UMONS
    • Fabienne Delaunois, UMONS
    • Marjorie Olivier, UMONS
    • François Reniers, ULB
    • Rony Snyders, UMONS
    • Herman Terryn, VUB
    • Arnaud Tricoteaux, UVHC


    Scientific committee
    • Antonello Astarita (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II - Italy)
    • Joao Moura Bordado (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon - Portugal)
    • Pierpaolo Carlone (Università Degli Studi di Salerno - Italy)
    • Nuria Cinca (Universitat de Barcelona - Spain)
    • Marc Debliquy (UMONS - Belgium)
    • Fabienne Dealunois (UMONS - Belgium)
    • Maurice Gonon (UMONS - Belgium)
    • Jean-Yves Hihn (CNRS/Université de franche Comté - France)
    • Jean-Christophe Hornez (UVHC - France)
    • Heli Koivuluoto (Tampere University of Technology / Thermal spray center  - Finland)
    • Philippe Leclère (UMONS - Belgium)
    • Amir-Hossein Mahmoudi (University of Bu-Ali Sina - Iran)
    • Ugur Malayoglu (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey)
    • Ana Marques (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon - Portugal)
    • Athanasios Milionis (ETH Zurich - Switzerland)
    • Marjorie Olivier (UMONS - Belgium)
    • François Reniers (ULB - Belgium)
    • David Schaubroek (UGent - Belgium)
    • Thomas Schutzius (ETH Zurich - Switzerland)
    • Marco Sebastiani (Università Degli Studi Roma Tre - Italy)
    • Suman Shrestha (Keronite - UK)
    • Rony Snyders (UMONS - Belgium)
    • T.S. Sudarshan (MatMod INC - USA)
    • Mariana Staia (Universidad Central de Venezuela - Venezuela)
    • Herman Terryn (VUB - Belgium)
    • Arnaud Tricotaux (UVHC - France)
    • Gemma Vara (IK4 Cidetec - Spain)
    • Véronique Vitry (UMONS - Belgium)


    Contact Information

    • CHAIRMAN: Dr Véronique Vitry, Metallurgy Lab, UMONS
    • Co-Chair : Dr T.S. Sudarshan, Materials Modification, Inc.
    • EXHIBITION COORDINATOR: Ms Luiza Bonin, Metallurgy lab, UMONS
    • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE COORDINATOR: Dr Véronique Vitry, Metallurgy Lab, UMONS
    • PRACTICAL ORGANIZATION: Fanny Lallemand, Extension UMONS





    Welcome to Mons

    Mons, the administrative centre of the Hainaut province, is located in a dynamic region situated at the heart of Europe, between Amsterdam and Paris on one hand and Cologne and London on the other. Its particularly rich and varied heritage contains 4 cultural masterpieces of humanity recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

    The Belfry in Mons, which was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1999, was built between 1661 and 1672 by Louis Ledoux and Vincent Anthony. While being the only baroque Belfry in Belgium as well as having recognition from UNESCO, it possesses a 49-bell carillon. This symbol, overlooking Mons, offers a splendid view of the rooftops of the city and of the former heaps which trace back to its mining history.

    The Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes was listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2000 and is one of the oldest and largest flint extraction sites in Europe. Located 6 km from Mons, this archaeological site covers 100 hectares. You will be able to discover the inventions and pruning techniques developed 6000 years ago by man, which today mark a major step in the cultural and technological development of mankind.

    The traditional festival in Mons, known as the ‘Doudou’, was recognised in 2005 by UNESCO. The ‘Doudou’, which is comprised of a Procession, the ascent of the Golden Chariot, and the fight, known as the ‘Lumeçon’, is a lively tradition celebrating St Waudru, the founder of the city and St George’s battle against the Dragon, the symbol of evil.

    Grand-Hornu, listed in 2012 by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity, is an example of the idealistic architecture found at the beginning of the European industrial era. As a symbol of its industrial past, the Grand-Hornu was a former mining complex which included the wells and housing of miners, and all administrative institutions necessary for the running of a community. Today it is a Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC’s), in the French Community of Belgium.

    Mons and its surrounding area is also replete with a number of museums and impressive sites such as the Collegiate Church of Saint Waudru, the Town Hall, the Mayor’s Garden, the Fine Arts Museum (BAM), PASS (Park of Scientific Adventures) and many other venues for your events.

    In the evening, Mons comes alive with its many bistros and quality restaurants ready to ravish the finest of palates and invite you to discover Belgian cuisine. The warm atmosphere of the bars and cafes in Mons will bring the perfect end to your sensational day.



    The conference will be held in the Centre Vésale (Avenue du Champs de Mars - 7000 Mons)

    By car

    Mons is situated between Paris and Brussels on the E19 motorway, exit 24.

    By train

    High-speed train from Paris, Amsterdam and London via Lille or Brussels. Frequent trains: Mons‐Brussels, Mons‐La Louvière‐Charleroi‐Namur‐Liège (two per hour), Mons‐Lille. Good connections with Luxembourg, Aachen, Cologne. Consult international train timetables on the SNCB website.

    It is easy to walk into the centre of Mons from the train station

    By plane

    Brussels South Airport, located in Charleroi is 30 minutes from Mons by car. It serves some 100 international destinations. Brussels Airport, the country’s main international airport, is only 50 minutes from Mons. It serves 163 short-flight destinations as well as 41 long-haul destinations.



    The fee does not include accommodation and so you have to organize your own accommodation. Rooms have been pre-booked with a reduced rate in some hôtels.




    SMT-31 is an EFC event (event No. 421)