Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings VI

June 19-24, 2022
Irsee, Germany

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Poster Board Size:  1 Meter Wide x 1.5 meter High

Attendance at this conference is restricted to those fully* vaccinated against Covid-19.

Your registration will not be considered complete until your proof of vaccination is uploaded via the registration portal and verified by ECI staff. Acceptable proof includes copies of a U.S. CDC vaccination card or a certificate/document issued by the relevant health agency in your country of residence along with a government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. If you have questions about these requirements, please email

* Two doses of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose Covid-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the conference OR one dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose Covid-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the conference. We strongly suggest the recommended booster as well.

Approved vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech (2 dose); Moderna (2 dose); Janssen/Johnson & Johnson; Oxford/AstraZeneca; Serum Institute of India-Covishield; Sinopharm (Beijing); Sinovac.

We are all in this together. Thank you for being part of our community and following these policies. We look forward to see you in person very soon.

Conference Chairs

Brian Hazel, Pratt & Whitney
Uwe Schulz, German Aerospace Center
Mike Maloney, Pratt & Whitney (retired)
Robert Vassen, Research Center, Julich
Ram Darolia, GE Aviation (retired)

About This Conference

The proposed conference will be sixth in series of conferences sponsored by ECI at Irsee, Germany on Thermal Barrier and Environmental Barrier Coatings. Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Systems continue to be a key materials technology that offers great benefit to the operation of gas turbine aircraft engines, gas turbine shipboard engines, land based industrial gas turbine engines, and recently diesel reciprocating engines. More recently Environmental Barrier Coatings (EBCs) that protect silicon based ceramic matrix composites and alloys have become an area of accelerating materials research. It is noteworthy that research in TBCs and EBCs has accelerated greatly in the past twenty years and that this research has resulted in the commercial and military use of new bond coats, low conductivity coatings, coatings that resist degradation induced by environmental deposits ingested into the engine, and the introduction of EBCs into service. 

Current research includes development of prime-reliant TBCs, coatings capable of operating at higher temperatures, new reliable and cost-effective manufacturing routes especially in the area of thermal spray, and recently TBCs that will resist reaction with deposits such as CMAS or volcanic ash. A significant area of research is EBCs that protect ceramic matrix composites, new silicide-based materials, and multi-element refractory alloys where the coatings are key for successful introduction of the materials into application. TBC and EBC systems are now key elements in the design of new and advanced engines and are enabling many new designs with improved efficiencies and higher thrusts. Extensive research and development of TBCs and EBCs is being carried out in every major industrialized country by industry, academia, and national institutions and laboratories. 

Very successful conferences were sponsored by ECI at Kloster Irsee, Germany during August 17-22, 2003, August 12-17 2007, August 7-12 2011, June 22-27, 2014, and June 24-29, 2018. Over 500 researchers and practitioners in total attended these conferences. Although energy transition led in several countries to reduced research efforts for large stationary gas turbines, 

research activity has continued to be strong especially in the aero engine sector and the successful implementation of new and advanced coating systems has been achieved. Several technologies that were in the developmental phase and reported on at previous Conferences are now being deployed and can be discussed. 

Thermal barrier and environmental barrier coatings are complex, multi-layered, and multi-material systems with many variants related to composition, processing and microstructure. Further understanding of the science and behavior of these materials that will result in the successful advancement of the technology requires a truly multidisciplinary approach. Here also the progress made within high resolution and scale bridging characterization tools can play a major role. The field has attracted a diverse group of scientists and engineers especially in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and China and combines ceramics, metals, metal-ceramic interfaces, processing, mechanisms of TBC and EBC performance and degradation including environmental attack and oxidation, thermal transport, diffusion and applications in a variety of aggressive environments. 


The conference will address the multi-disciplinary nature of thermal barrier and environmental barrier coatings and will attempt to bring together those who have expertise in specific aspects of the materials involved, processing with conventional and innovative methods, mechanics and chemistry of degradation, newer materials as alternatives to yttria stabilized zirconia, high-temperature oxidation and corrosion including CMAS attack, thermal and radiative heat transport, diffusion, high temperature creep and sintering phenomena as well as engineering design. In addition, the interaction of the various layers with different substrates (Ni-, Co-, Ti-, Silicide-, CMC-based) that cover applications in aero- and land-based gas turbines, diesel engines, and rocket applications will be discussed. 

Conference Organization

  • Brian Hazel (Pratt & Whitney, USA) 
  • Dr. Dan Roth-Fagaraseanu (Rolls-Royce Deutschland, Germany) 
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Vaßen (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany) 
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schulz (German Aerospace Center, Germany) 
  • Dr. Michael J. Maloney (Pratt & Whitney – retired, USA) 
  • Prof. Carlos G. Levi (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) 
  • Dr. Ram Darolia (GE Aviation (Retired), USA)

Conference Program and Poster List

Best Poster Award Winners

Kristyn Ardrey
University of Virginia, USA
“Thermochemical stability of high entropy rare earth oxide (HERO) coatings for refractory alloys”

Srikanth Batna
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
“Simultaneous residual stress mapping of topcoat and TGO in APS TBC using combined micro-Raman-PL spectroscopy”

Eeshani Paresh Godbole
University of Minnesota, USA
“Understanding garnet phase stability in Gd/Y/Yb-CMAS systems and influences on multiphase T/EBC-CMAS interactions”

Christoph Mikulla
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
“Microstructure modification of EB-pvd gadolinium zirconate thermal barrier coating and the effect of their resistance against siliceous CMAS melts”

Milena Milich
University of Virginia, USA
“Spatially resolved characterization of thermally grown oxides using time-domain thermoreflectance”

Zachary Stein
University of Central Florida, USA
“Non-destructively capturing CMAS degradation of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings through 3D confocal Raman renderings”

Esma Yilmaz
University of Manchester, UK
“Mechanical properties of Yb2Si2O7 coatings prepared while using electrophoretic deposition”

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), all meals, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.  


The conference fees are: 

Register on or before May 20, 2022Register after May 20, 2022
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional)US $2,195.00 US $2,395.00 
Participant (sharing a room with another participant)US $1,995.00 US 2,195.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to $1,580.00 US $1,780.00 
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion)US $950.00US $950.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact Kathy Chan for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please contact Kathy Chan.

Special Notes and Payment Instructions

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  

All participants are encouraged to register before May 20, 2022There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due and COVID-19 vaccination proof is verified by ECI staff.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received or your vaccination proof is invalid. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution. 

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee. 

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date. 
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.  

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan

Pre/Post Conference Reservation Form

If you are arriving early or staying after the conference and wish to extend your stay in the conference hotel, please download and complete the Pre/Post Conference Reservation form posted below and send it directly to the conference hotel. ECI does not guarantee or pay for rooms reserved before or after the conference – you must reserve extra nights directly with the hotel and you are responsible for paying the hotel directly for any extra nights.

Note:  The conference fee include accommodation for the nights of June 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23.

Call for Abstracts

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations: December 15, 2021
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations: December 31, 2021

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.  

Venue Information

Kloster Irsee

Nestling in the Alpine Foreland of the Allgäu and located only a few kilometers from walled town of Kaufbeuren, the former Benedictine monastery at Irsee – founded in the 12th century – now houses a modern conference center The magnificent Baroque church and the harmoniously designed four-winged monastery, surrounded by a well-kept park, away from major highways and yet easily reached, is particularly suitable for the conference.  The center offers a broad range of leisure activities including a bierstube in the cellar of the monastery and a play room with pool, table tennis and tabletop football. There is also a bocce court, and a sauna available for guests. Nearby are many jogging trails, fitness trails, a tennis center, walking and hiking trails.  Across the court from the center is the Irsee brewery where conference attendees can enjoy beer directly from its source. Note that there are no televisions in the bedrooms; however, one may be rented.

The nearest major airport is Franz-Josef Strauss Airport in Munich and their web-link provides a great deal of useful information, including information for booking airport hotels. 

Kloster Irsee/Swabian Conference Center at Irsee is a good starting point for excursions and sightseeing tours to the Allgäu Mountains, to Lake Constance, to Austria and Switzerland. For those who plan to extend their stay, popular day-trips are to the Castles of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein (built by the Bavarian King Ludwig II), the scenic Tannheimer Valley and the Pfaffenwinkel with its famous Baroque churches (Wieskirche). 

More information about Kloster Irsee can be found at 

Transportation to Conference Site

The Swabian Conference Center at Irsee is nestled in the Alpine Foreland of the Allgäu, yet is conveniently located near Munich and is easily reached by rail or road.  For those traveling from the airport by train, one can reach the Munich Main Station (Hauptbanhof) in several ways: (1) by Lufthansa Airport Bus. Departures are every typically 20 minutes for the 45 minutes trip.  Cost is approximately 15 € one- way and 25 € roundtrip. (2) By Rapid Transit Train (“S-ban” – either S1 or S8). Departures are every 20 minutes for the 41 or 45-minute trip. (3) By taxi. The trip takes approximately 40-minutes and the price should be discussed with the driver.  

From the Munich Main Station there are through trains to Kaufbeuren (about an hour ride).  In front of Kaufbeuren Station there is a taxi stand.

  How to get there – Kloster Irsee (

Bus Schedule


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