Electrophoretic Deposition VI: Fundamentals and Applications

An ECI Conference Series

October 1-6, 2017
Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju
Gyeongju, South Korea


About This Conference

This conference follows from the success of the first five International Conferences on Electrophoretic Deposition: Fundamentals and Applications, organized under sponsorship of ECI in August 2002 (Canada) June 2005 (Italy), October 2008 (Japan), October 2011 (Mexico) and October 2014 (Austria). The goal is to bring together experts working in the area of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) with focus mainly on its application as a processing technique for the fabrication of both traditional and new materials and composites.

Electrophoretic deposition exploits an electric surface charge on particles in suspension, which migrate in the presence of an appropriate electric field enabling the consolidation of particles into films onto any shaped substrate or forming bulk ceramic components. For its successful application, a basic understanding of the colloidal stability, the deposition kinetics, and the constrained drying and sintering issues of the deposit is necessary.

EPD has been known since the last century. Earlier applications have been in the shaping of ceramic articles and in coating technology.  New areas of applications of EPD are the low-cost fabrication of composite materials, including fibre reinforced ceramics, nanocomposites, composite laminates and functional gradient materials. Furthermore, EPD of electroceramic particulate materials gives potential advances in a number of applications, including piezoelectric motors, biomedical ultrasound probes, and chemical sensors. Progress has been reported also in the development of EPD as an additive manufacturing technique because it allows precise placement of materials in three dimensions. Moreover EPD is being considered as an important tool in the area of nanotechnology as it enables the production of components of industrial shapes and dimensions from nanoscale elements such as nanoparticles, nanotubes or nanorods. EPD is also being highly considered to develop innovative graphene-based devices. There is also increasing interest in the use of EPD in the field of biomaterials, EPD offers also the possibility to deposit biological entities, including bacteria and cells.

Participants will report on ongoing work in several laboratories world-wide, which is focused on establishing the scientific and engineering fundamental aspects of the EPD process and its applications.  Although the basics of EPD are well-known and have been the subject of extensive research, there is still need for a deep, quantitative understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of EPD, in particular when 2- or 3-component suspensions are used with the aim to fabricate complex microstructures. Moreover, predictive models describing the EPD solid particle deposition rate in dependence of EPD parameters are scarce.

On the application side, it is expected that delegates from the industry will focus on concrete applications of EPD, particularly on those areas of materials processing where EPD is being used with commercial success. The organisers believe that the full potential of the EPD technique for materials processing, including the fabrication of novel composite materials with complex microstructures, has not been fully exploited as yet. This has been confirmed by participants at the previous five conferences, including industrial participants. This is the main motivation for the organisation of this sixth international event. The purpose is to maintain a continuing international conference series (with conference organised every three years), which is the only international conference activity dealing specifically with EPD as a material processing tool.

The sixth conference will constitute a unique, timely forum for the discussion of EPD relevant issues among experts active in research and development in this area. It is expected that the success of the previous five conferences and the publicity generated by the publication of the conference proceedings and related journal special issues will lead to a larger number of participants to the sixth conference. We also plan to engage industrial participants by organising a special focus session on industrial applications of EPD.

Session topics and program

The program of the conference will follow a similar format to those of the previous five conferences held in this series. Although some modifications may become necessary, the typical program will include sessions on:

1)     Fundamentals of the EPD process and modelling
2)     Novel experimental techniques
3)     Traditional applications: ceramics
4)     Traditional applications: metals and coatings
5)     EPD integrated manufacturing technologies (session focusing on industrial applications)
6)     Novel applications: composite materials, laminates, nanomaterials, functionally graded materials, materials for solid oxide fuel cells, nanostructured materials, carbon nanotubes and graphene, biomaterials, etc.
7)     EPD as an additive manufacturing method and for biofabrication
8)     EPD of biological entities, e.g. bacteria, cells and proteins

Keynote speakers (preliminary list)

Stephan Barcikowski, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Dr. Rajendra N. Basu, India
Begoña Ferrari, Institute of Ceramics and Glass, Spain
Brian Giera, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Weidong He, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
Motohide Matsuda,  Kumamoto University, Japan
Lobat Tayebi, Marquette University School of Dentistry, USA
Erik T. Thostenson, University of Delaware, USA

Special symposium: “Fundamental Aspects of Electrophoretic Deposition” to celebrate the 70th birthday of Prof. O. van der Biest

A special symposium entitled “Fundamental Aspects of Electrophoretic Deposition” will be organized within EPD 2017 to celebrate the scientific career of Prof. O. Van der Biest on the year of his 70th birthday, highlighting his many contributions to the field of electrophoretic deposition. Prof. van der Biest has been a co-chair of the EPD conference series since the first conference (EPD 2002, Banff, Canada). Over the years he and his research group have published widely in the field of EPD with focus on the modeling of the process for coatings as well as free standing objects. The work was often tied to practical realizations such as ceramic laminates which show (pseudo-) ductile behavior, functionally graded cutting tools as well as bioceramic implants with tailored nanostructure and functional ceramics with enhanced properties. He has been also involved in the development of a new, now patented, method to carry out EPD in water which allows EPD of bio-entities.


The conference will be held according to the typical format of ECI. It will be held for 4.5 days, beginning on the Sunday evening and continuing until the following Friday afternoon. Morning and afternoon/evening sessions will be scheduled to provide a stimulating balance between formal presentations, small group interactions and informal discussions. Each session will have 1-2 invited keynote lectures, followed by several shorter presentations. According to the number of participants, it will be necessary to have one or two poster sessions, in addition we plan also a rapid firing presentations session for young researchers (PhD students). There will be prizes, as follows, first and second best posters, first and second first presentation of a PhD student. The conference banquet is scheduled for Wednesday evening, so that all participants will attend. Attendance at the conference will be limited to 80-100 participants to encourage maximum interaction. All participants will stay at the conference site.

We have also established the “Electrophoretic Deposition International Network”, the webpage of the Network (www.electrophoretic-deposition.com) will be also utilized for publicity of the conference.

Conference Organization

Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini
Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Email: aldo.boccaccini@ww.uni-erlangen.de

Prof. Omer van der Biest
Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Email: omer.vanderbiest@mtm.kuleuven.be

Dr. James Dickerson
Consumer Reports, USA
Email: james.dickerson@consumer.org

Dr Tetsuo Uchikoshi 
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Email: uchikoshi.tetsuo@nims.go.jp

Conference Program

Conference Program and Posters

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