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6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science

17-20 June 2024│ Waterside hotel, Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China

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6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science

The 6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (ICASS) will take place on 17-20 June 2024 in Waterside hotel, Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China

The conference is organized by the journal Applied Surface Scienceopens in new tab/window and will provide a forum for researchers in all areas of applied surface science to present their work.

ICASS will report on and discuss current research on the role and use of surfaces in chemical and physical processes, related to catalysis, electrochemistry, energy, new/functional materials and nanotechnology. Also, the various techniques and characterization methods will be discussed. There will also be opportunity to participate in workshops specially focused on early- and mid-career researchers. These workshops will be free of charge and take place in the afternoon prior to the beginning of the conference.

This is a significant opportunity for you to hear from leading scientists in the area and to network with colleagues in industry and academia to ensure you keep abreast of recent developments in this fast-evolving field.

ICASS will host 4 workshops on the day of June 17th, free of charge to all participants to register. Find more workshop details on the conference program page.

Live webinar

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We’re pleased to announce our upcoming ICASS live webinar on 18th March at 1:00 PM CET (8:00 PM Beijing Time). The editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Surface Scienceopens in new tab/window, Dr. Henrik Rudolph, and the publisher, Dr. Biswanath Dutta will lead the discussion, provide you essential information and answer all your questions about the ICASS conference. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about ICASS 2024 and the forthcoming workshops.

ICASS will host 4 workshops on the day of June 17th, free of charge to all participants to register. All workshops will take place concurrently at the Waterside hotel on June 17th, 2024 at 1:30 pm. Duration ca. 2 ½ hours. Registration is required. Please send an email to [email protected]opens in new tab/window indicating your name and what workshop you would like to attend. All workshops are free of charge and open for all participants of ICASS 2024.

Please note only ONE workshop can be registered by each attendee

Workshop 1 – Scientific writing and publishing for early-career researchers Presenters: dr. Monika Gołda-Cepa, dr. Arantxa Davo and dr. Marta Alves

Workshop 2: FTIR spectroscopy at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces Presenters: Prof. dr. Guido Grundmeier and dr. Barbara Jagoda-Cwiklik

Workshop 3: Getting XPS right, how to avoid common pitfalls and to extract more information Presenters: dr. Matthijs van Spronsen, dr. Emile Haye, Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Terry and prof. dr. James Whitten

Workshop 4: Theoretical Modelling for Experimentalists Presenters: Prof. dr. Alfredo Juan, Prof. dr. Byungchan Han, Prof. dr. Ian Shuttleworth and Prof. dr. Herbert Urbassek

Conference topics

  • Surface science of catalysis, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis

  • Surface engineering and functionalization

  • Functional surfaces and coatings

  • Surface science applied to energy conversion and storage

  • Surface nanotechnology and devices

  • Biointerfaces

  • Electrochemistry at surfaces and interfaces

  • Advances in surface characterization tools

  • Environmentally-friendly materials

  • Semiconductors – surface and interface

  • 2D layered materials and assembling

Conference deadlines

Abstract submission deadline – 1 February 2024

Author registration/Early bird deadline - 25 March 2024


This conference is organized by Elsevier.



Tsinghua University

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Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Imperial College” and renamed "Tsinghua College" in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925. The name “National Tsinghua University” was adopted in 1928. After the outbreak of the Anti-Japanese War in 1937, it moved south to Changsha and established the National Changsha Temporary University with Peking University and Nan Kai University. In 1938, it moved to Kunming and was renamed as National Southwest Associated University. In 1946, it moved back to Tsinghua Garden and established 5 colleges and 26 departments including Literature, Law, Science, Engineering, and Agriculture.

After the adjustment of higher education departments nationwide in 1952, Tsinghua University became a multidisciplinary industrial university with a focus on cultivating engineering and technical talents for the country, known as the "cradle of red engineers". Since the reform and opening up, Tsinghua University has gradually established the long-term goal of building a world-class university and entered a new era of vigorous development. The school has successively restored or established disciplines such as science, humanities, medicine, and economic management, and established graduate schools and continuing education colleges. In 1999, the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts merged and established the Academy of Fine Arts at Tsinghua University. In 2012, the Graduate Department of the People's Bank of China was merged and became the Wudaokou School of Finance at Tsinghua University. With strong support from the country and society, Tsinghua University has made significant progress in talent cultivation, scientific research, social services, cultural inheritance and innovation, and international cooperation and exchange by implementing the "211 Project" and "985 Project" and carrying out the "Double First Class" construction. At present, Tsinghua University has 22 colleges and 59 departments, making it a comprehensive, research-oriented, and open university with 12 disciplines including science, engineering, literature, art, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, education, medicine, and interdisciplinary fields.

Looking towards the future, Tsinghua University will uphold the motto of "self-improvement, carrying virtue" and the school spirit of "action is better than words", adhere to the educational style of "integration of Chinese and Western culture, integration of ancient and modern, and integration of literature and science", and the cultivation characteristics of "both red and professional, comprehensive development", promote the tradition of "patriotism, dedication, pursuit of excellence" and the spirit of "humanistic innovation". Guided by the socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics, we adhere to the fundamental task of cultivating morality and talents, the highest pursuit of serving the country, the construction of disciplines as the foundation of development, the deepening of reform as a strong driving force, and the strengthening of party building as a strong guarantee. We will open up a new era of high-quality development for world-class universities with Chinese characteristics, strive to advance to the forefront of world-class universities, and make new and greater contributions to national development, people's happiness, and human civilization progress.

The School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE)

The School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) in Tsinghua University was officially established in December 2012, consisting of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Materials Processing at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Its predecessor, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was established in 1988, consisting of the Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials major in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Materials Physics major in the Department of Engineering Physics, and the Metal Materials major in the former Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The SMSE has a highly competitive faculty, consisting at present of 52 professors, 31 associate professors, 8 Assistant Professors, and 19 senior engineers, as well as 8 engineers/staff. With regard to educational activities, we are devoted to the training of talented students with an international perspective and creative spirit, as well as with a solid theoretical understanding of materials science and outstanding research ability. Currently more than 370 students are pursuing their doctoral degrees within the school. Additionally, more than 350 students are pursuing MSc degrees, with more than 470 undergraduates pursuing their bachelor degrees, including over 30 international students.

The SMSE has several national and ministerial level scientific research and teaching platforms, including: State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education of Advanced Materials, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education of Advanced Forming Manufacturing, Beijing Electron Microscope Center, "Advanced Materials" Virtual Simulation National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center, "Materials Science and Engineering" National Teaching Demonstration Center, Central Laboratory of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering and other domestic first-class teaching and research platforms, as well as bainite steel promotion center, magnesium aluminum alloy forming technology research and development center, Beijing high-tech ceramic materials and processes international science and technology cooperation base and functional materials international joint research center and other national production, learning and research bases.

The SMSE aims at the forefront of materials science and closely integrates with major national needs, emphasizing interdisciplinary research. It has formed distinctive and influential research directions at home and abroad, including material microstructure and characterization, computational materials science and engineering simulation, material preparation and processing engineering, new information functional materials, new energy materials, environmentally friendly materials, regenerative medicine and biomimetic materials, and extreme condition materials. The materials science discipline of Tsinghua University has been rated A+ in the latest round of national first level discipline evaluations organized by the Ministry of Education. In the latest QS World University Discipline Ranking released in 2022, Tsinghua University's Materials Science discipline ranks 10th in the world.

Wuzhen Laboratory

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Wuzhen Laboratory (hereinafter referred to as the “laboratory”) is located in Tongxiang, the permanent venue of the World Internet Conference. It is a new provincial—level R&D institution organized by the Tongxiang Municipal People's Government and supported by the School of Materials of Tsinghua University and the Yangtze River Delta Research Institute of Zhejiang Tsinghua University.

The laboratory focuses on the direction of cutting-edge new materials, based on the scale advantages of Tongxiang's new materials industry, gives full play to Tsinghua University's high-level basic research and cutting-edge innovation capabilities in materials science, integrates cutting-edge new material innovation research and development resources of prestigious universities at home and abroad, and draws on the mature model and mechanism vitality of Zhejiang Tsinghua Yangtze River Delta Research Institute in undertaking the industrial technology transformation and innovation of scientific research institutes in universities to enable the regional economy. Carry out applied research, innovation transformation and industrial incubation in the field of high-end cutting-edge materials, while promoting the introduction of high-level talents and the cultivation of local industrial talents, and contributing to the promotion of industry-scale development and national scientific and technological innovation.

6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (VSI: ICASS2024)

This special issue in the journal Applied Surface Science is related to presentations made at the 6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (ICASS 2024) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China, June 17th-20th, 2024.

Guest editors:

  • Prof. Henrik Rudolph, Netherlands Defense Academy, Faculty of Military Sciences, Breda, Netherlands

  • Prof. Kijung Yong, POSTECH, Department of Chemical Engineering, Gyeongbuk, South Korea

  • Prof. Jennifer Strunk, Technical University of Munich, Department of Chemistry, Garching, Germany

  • Prof. Rie Makiura, Osaka Metropolitan University, Osaka, Japan

  • Prof. Zhong-Shuai Wu, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China

  • Prof. James Whitten, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Conference History

ICASS 2022 – 5th International Conference on Applied Surface Science 25-28 April 2022 | Palma, Mallorca, Spain 118 oral and 191 poster presentations. 306 participants from 45 countries. 1 exhibitor

ICASS 2021 – 4th International Conference on Applied Surface Science 29-30 June 2021 | Online – Live and on-demand 24 oral and 69 poster presentations. 156 participants from 41 countries. 1 exhibitor Oral programopens in new tab/window | Poster programopens in new tab/window

ICASS 2019 – 3rd International Conference on Applied Surface Science 17-20 June 2019 | Pisa, Italy 188 oral and 321 poster presentations. 483 participants from 51 countries. 5 exhibitors Oral programopens in new tab/window | Poster programopens in new tab/window

ICASS 2017 – 2nd International Conference on Applied Surface Science 12-15 June 2017 | Dalian, China 123 oral and 210 poster presentations. 324 participants from 33 countries. 9 exhibitors Oral programopens in new tab/window | Poster programopens in new tab/window

ICASS 2015 | 1st International Conference on Applied Surface Science 27-30 July 2015 | Shanghai, China 192 oral and 160 poster presentations. 389 participants from 33 countries. 4 exhibitors Oral programopens in new tab/window | Poster programopens in new tab/window