|Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED||March 31, 2013|
|Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of Abstract||May 15, 2013|
|Early bird deadline||June 30, 2013|
|Submission Full Paper||September 1, 2013|
A coating is traditionally meant for protection of a substrate from the environment and for decoration. Functional coatings are able to have functions which are innovative and unusual, however very different from the normal ones (sensing, thermal insulation, ...) they have special properties (electronic, bulk or surface), can be sensitive to environmental changes and can permanently answer to a stimulus.
A smart coating is a system able to react to a stimulus based on predefined functionalities but providing a smart feedback. In other words, an active coating sensitive to an external stimulus changing its physical or chemical properties, preferably in a reversible way, and able to work as a sensor and/or actuator. Examples are coatings switching from hydrophilic to hydrophobic according to the environmental humidity or supplying a mechanism of damage prevention which is activated in response to environmental conditions.