PSE Awards

Outstanding researchers will be honoured by the European Joint Committee on Plasma Surface Engineering with the PSE Awards. The PSE Leading Scientist Award is intended to highlight an approved researcher with pioneering contributions in science or technology of plasma and ion surface engineering. Besides this award, three young researchers will be honoured with the PSE Early Career Award for their work and engagement in the field.

The Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 9:00 - 10:15 in Hall 1. Enjoy a great beginning of the forth conference day with excellent colleagues and interesting topics.



Award Ceremony

September 10, 2020 
Hall 1 
09:00 - 10:15


PSE Award Winners 2020

PSE Leading Scientist Award 2020

Prof. Allan Matthews

University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Plenary Winners Lecture: "Stages in the Progress of Plasma Assisted PVD Since its Discovery and Challenges for Coating Processes in Future Manufacturing"

Professor Allan Matthews was appointed as a Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology in the Department of Materials at Manchester University in 2016, having previously been in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Sheffield University, where he held the position of Head of Department for 4 years. At Manchester, he recently completed a 4 year term as Director of the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials. He can look back to a very successful career in the field of surface engineering, having first established the pioneering Research Centre in Surface Engineering at the University of Hull in 1982. His research and writings, especially in the areas of plasma-based processes and tribological coatings,  have been ground-breaking, prolific and pivotal to developments in these areas. His research contribution to the field of coatings and coating processes, both in terms of fundamental studies and applications-oriented developments, has been agenda-setting, 
Furthermore, Allan Matthews plays a central role in many professional and learned societies and shows an outstanding engagement in the field.


Plenary Winners Lecture

September 10, 2020 
Hall 1 
09:30 - 10:15

PSE Early Career Award 2020

Dr. Mahmood Aliofkhazraei

University of South Florida, Tampa, U.S.
Keynote Lecture: "Electrochemical Properties of Hybrid Coating Systems on Mg-based Alloys with Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Process as Pretreatment"
Session H1 - KNH101, Thursday, September 10, 2020, Hall 1, 10:30 - 11:00

Mahmood Aliofkhazraei started his researches about the usage of plasma in surface engineering more than 10 years ago. His researches are focused on growth mechanism and different mechanical, tribological, and corrosion properties of coatings obtained with plasma electrolysis method on light metals. He also used the plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) as pretreatment for applying top-coats such as epoxies. PEO-pretreated coating systems can provide proper corrosion protection on the surface of magnesium alloys.  

Dr. Fábio Ferreira

University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Keynote Lecture: "Tribological Properties of Diamond-like Carbon Coatings Deposited by Deep Oscillation Magnetron Sputtering in Ar-Ne Discharges"
Session B2 - KNB201, Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Hall 1, 13:30 - 14:00

Fábio Ferreira is a Mechanical Engineer and material scientist with extensive experience in physical vapour deposition. His work is focused on surface engineering, with the emphasis in the deposition of thin films by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS), a recently developed magnetron based deposition technique that allow the ionization of the sputtered materials by using very high powers (above 100 kW) during very short pulses (µs to ms duration). Presently, Fábio Ferreira is working on the development of an innovative cost-effective process to produce coatings combining high hardness, low friction coefficient and low roughness specifically tailored for application in piston rings of internal combustion engines.  

Dr. Alexandre Nominé

Institut Jean Lamour / University of Lorraine, Nancy, France
Keynote Lecture: "Plasma and Laser Enabled Metallurgy of Nanoparticles: Reshape the Microstructure to Reshape Plasmons"
Session F2 - KNF201, Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Panorama Saal, 13:30 - 14:00

Alexandre Nominé received a European Master’s Degree in Material Science and Engineering (2011) and a PhD in Plasma Physics (2014) at the University of Lorraine. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Open University, The University of Lorraine and ITMO University, he studied different types of plasmas processes, from Magnetron Sputtering to Dielectric discharges in liquid both for Industry and fundamental research. Today Alexandre Nominé is the Associate Professor at the University of Lorraine and Visiting Professor at ITMO University and focuses his research on ‘Outlier’ Nanomaterials, from their synthesis to their optical properties.  

These three young researchers are honoured for their scientific work and achievements during their short careers. All three candidates showed an excellent scientific work, acquired a number of projects and cooperations and appear as promising scientific talents for the development and enrichment of our field of plasma and ions surface technologies.


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