Modern Methods of Surface Engineering and Characterization of Advanced Functional Surfaces

The goal of the program is to introduce modern methods of surface engineering to obtain advanced functional surfaces, including nanostructured coatings, and show how they can be characterized using analytical testing at micro- and nano- scales.

Where:Moscow, Russia
What:see list of modules below
Duration:2 weeks (form 15 July till 25 August 2016)
ECTS:7 credits
Deadline:deadline to submit application is 30 June 2016
Price:see Cost below
Contact person:Marina Moskvina,

Program summary

Program includes lectures of leading Scientists, on site demonstrations and master-classes

Module 1:
Principles and practice of surface engineering
All stages of producing advanced coatings starting from preparation of precursors, mechanical activation of powders, synthesis of cathode and anode materials with unique chemical and phase composition, deposition technologies, characterization of the properties will be covered via lectures, demonstrations and master classes. An outlook at the development of the technology in the past and in perspective will be presented.
Module 2:
Novel nanomechanical characterization of functional surfaces. Techniques and standards
Contact methods of characterization of thin films and coatings to estimate their mechanical properties, including adhesion and tribological ones will be introduced. Assurance of measurement uniformity and conditions of standard good practice of characterization of functional properties of nanomaterials such as hardness, modulus of elasticity, adhesion strength, friction coefficient, wear rate and roughness are reviewed. It is shown how contact mechanical testing of nanoscale volumes allow to characterize the mechanical properties of solids, including advanced nanomaterials.


Summer school fee is 500 EUR for a 2 week program including:

  • Adaptation
  • Main classes (10:00-14:00)
  • Course of Russian languageс (16:00-18:00)
  • Cultural and social program (The program features a guided tour of Moscow as well as excursions to cultural and historical sites in the city and beyond (The main Galleries, Kremlin, trip to Sergiev Posad).
  • Certificate of Attendance