Electrophoretic Deposition VII: Fundamentals and Applications

An ECI Conference Series

Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2022
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
LaFonda on the Plaza

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 (listing your full name as it appears on your government issued ID) 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. Please do not upload a QR code as proof because ECI does not have a compatible QR code reader due to region difference. If you have questions about these requirements, please email Kathy@engconfintl.org

* Two doses of an FDA or WHO authorized Covid-19 vaccine plus appropriate boosters, 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.

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Endorsed By

American Ceramic Society
Sociedad Espanola de Ceramica y Vidrio

About This Conference

This conference follows from the success of the first six International Conferences on Electrophoretic Deposition: Fundamentals and Applications, organized under sponsorship of the UEF in August 2002 (Canada) and ECI in June 2005 (Italy), October 2008 (Japan), October 2011 (Mexico), October 2014 (Austria) and October 2017 (Korea). 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.

The conference will cover fundamentals and applications of electrophoretically deposited thick and thin films in several areas such as protective coatings, biomedicine, manufacturing of electro/photoactive, electro-mechanic, sensors and optical devices.

Topics will include the fabrication of tailored coatings, films and multilayer structures with new functionalities in:

  • Transportation and Communication
  • Energy Conversion and Storage,
  • Healthcare and Clean Technologies

Contributions that address the in-situ characterization of particle surface modification in liquid media, rheology, deposition ordering and kinetics will be considered, and papers, which discuss mechanistic aspects of co-deposition, will be particularly welcome. In addition, new areas of applications of EPD are the low-cost fabrication of composite materials, including fiber-reinforced ceramics, nanocomposites, composite laminates and functional gradient materials.

Moreover, progress has been reported on the development of EPD as an additive manufacturing technique because it allows processing of customized products with a precise placement of materials in three dimensions, in a layer-by-layer fabrication computer assisted system. EPD is also being considered as an important tool in the area of nanotechnology as it enables the production of miniaturized components of industrial shapes and dimensions from nanoscale elements such as nanoparticles, nanotubes or nanorods. In addition, EPD is also an important processing tool for 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 industry will focus on concrete applications of EPD, particularly on those areas of materials processing where EPD is being used with commercial success. The organizers 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 yet. This has been confirmed by participants at the first six conferences, including industrial participants. This is the main motivation for the organization of this seventh international event. The purpose is to maintain a continuing international conference series (with conferences organized every three years), which is the only international conference activity dealing specifically with EPD. The seventh 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 first six 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 seventh conference. We also plan to engage industrial participants by organizing a special focus session on industrial applications of EPD.

Session topics

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:

  • Modelling and Fundamentals (theory) of EPD
  • Novel experimental setups for EPD
  • Substrate surface treatments and coatings by EPD
  • Traditional applications of EPD with ceramics, metals and polymers
  • Colloidal chemistry knowledge in EPD
  • Microstructure design tools applied to EPD
  • EPD integrated manufacturing technologies (session focusing on industrial applications)
  • EPD as nanotechnology
  • EPD in additive manufacturing
  • EPD for corrosion or oxidation protective coatings
  • EPD in biofunctionalization of surfaces
  • EPD for biomaterials and electrobiofabrication
  • EPD in energy storage and generation devices
  • EPD in MEMS and sensors
  • EPD in optoeletronic and magnetic devices


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. 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.

Conference Organization

Conference Chair:

Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, GermanyTel.: 49 9131 8528601, Email


Dr. Begoña Ferrari, Institute for Ceramic and Glass, Spanish Research Council, Madrid, Spain, Email

Dr. Andrew Pascall, Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, Email

Dr. Tetsuo Uchikoshi, National Institute for Materials Science. Tsukuba, Japan, Email

Keynote Speakers (confirmed)

This list is being continuously updated.

Prof. Gregory F. Payne, University of Maryland, USA

Prof. Richard Robinson, Cornell University, USA

Prof. Kevin M. Ryan, University of Limerick, Ireland

Prof. Federico Smeacetto, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy

Prof. Igor Zhitomirsky, McMaster University, Canada

Prof. Kiyofumi Katagiri, Hiroshima University, Japan.

Submission of Abstracts

Original papers for presentations at the above listed sessions are invited. If you wish to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, please submit a one-page abstract.  All abstracts will be reviewed by the session chairs. 


Abstracts for oral presentation:        September 15, 2022
Abstracts for poster presentations:  October 15, 2022

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

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.Graduate students and young investigators are particularly encouraged to present posters. An evening poster session will be an integral part of the conference. If an abstract has multiple authors, each of whom wishes an invitation to attend the conference, each author must submit a separate application.

Submission link

Conference Venue

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Santa Fe, New Mexico:  Santa Fe is a world-renowned travel destination with an unparalleled richness of history, heritage, arts and culture.  Founded around 1608 it is the oldest state capital in the United States, and sits in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.  Santa Fe boasts a rich mix of culture, art and history as well as an average of 300 days of sunshine and blue sky per year.  The Spanish engrained their culture and heritage upon the landscape and the city has proudly carried on Spanish traditions ever since.

The conference hotel (LaFonda) is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  The Plaza was the central place around which Spanish officials built houses and barracks.  The Palace of the Governors, constructed soon after the Plaza was established, still stands on the Plaza’s north size, and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.

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As a major tourist destination Santa Fe offers a diverse array of activities.  It is particularly known for its museums and art galleries, variety of restaurants, cultural activities and outdoor activities.  Among the museums are the Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Palace of the Governors (featuring a long colonnade used by local Pueblo Indians to sell handmade jewelry and wares, and hosts a museum filled with artifacts from Santa Fe’s early history, including weapons and armor from the original conquistadors), and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Sante Fe is a city of art and artists, featuring more than 200 art galleries within a two-mile radius and multiple world-class museums such as the Georgia O’Keefe MuseumNew Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.  A stroll down the world-famous Canyon Road, with its restaurants, galleries and workshops, yields the full spectrum of work, from modern to tribal, paintings to sculptures, and everything in between.

Nowhere is Santa Fe’s Spanish influence more visible than the red-hued adobe walls of San Miguel Mission, built between 1610 and 1626.  The church, which is the oldest in the United States, has all of the hallmarks of the original Spanish settlement: richly adorned vigas, thick adobe walls and deeply religious iconography, including a wooden statue of St. Michael that dates to 1709.  Surrounding the mission is the Barrio De Analeo Historic District, with several homes dating back to the same period.

The city’s tight Colonial layout, centered on The Plaza, is extremely walkable, making attractions accessible to all.

For more information, please visit the official Santa Fe Convention and Visitors web site.

Nearby are additional attractions of interest, including:

  • The Bandelier National Monument provides the opportunity to see cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and other Native American artifacts and structures.
  • The town of Los Alamos is home of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bradbury Science Museum which is operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • NY Times (January 15, 2017) “Beyond Santa Fe, A Different World
  • LaFonda on the Plaza:  LaFonda on the Plaza holds a coveted place in Santa Fe history, a component in a rich tapestry of hospitality that predates American independence.  City records indicate that La Fonda sits on the site of the town’s first inn, established when the city was founded by Spaniads in 1607, making the property the oldest hotel corner in America. LaFonda’s history can be traced back 400 years.  In 1821, Captain William Becknell and his party found their way to the LaFonda during the maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri, establishing the Santa Fe Trail as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality.  Throughout the 19th century, La Fonda quickly became the preferred lodging option among trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians.
  • Meow Wolf: Unique immersive art experience in Santa Fe.
16AI hotel lobby Fonda Santa Fe images

Vibrant décor and authentic New Mexican architecture intermingle with amenities such as Wi-Fi, concierge services, free water, a complimentary business center and more.  There is car rental on site, a fitness center with steam rooms, an all-season heated outdoor pool and hot tub, Keurig coffee makers in the rooms, robes and USB ports. The hotel boasts original artwork and hand-crafted furniture and there are several restaurants on site..

The wholly owned art collection of La Fonda on the Plaza began at the hotel’s inception, and has grown considerably over the years.  Paintings by the best Pueblo artists were acquired in the early years.  Original art work hangs in every guest room.  The book, In Every Room: A Story of the Art, highlights the artists and artwork in the hotel.

Hotel Address:  100 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501

Hotel Telephone:  800-523-5002; 505-982-5511         FAX:  505-988-2952

Conference Fees and Registration

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Pre/Post Conference Hotel Reservations

Please use the attached form if you are planning to arrive prior to the conference start on October 30 or planning to extend your stay in Santa Fe after the conference.


Shuttle transportation between Albuquerque Airport and Santa Fe

Reservations are required.

Shuttle service from Albuquerque is between 6:30 am and 10:45 pm

Shuttle service from Santa Fe to Albuquerque is between 3:45 am and 8:50 pm

Please make reservations through Groome Transportation (1-505-474-5696).

The cost is approximately $42.00 each way plus taxes.

Note that a Lyft or Uber is approximately $125 – $150 one-way.

Taxi service is approximately $200 – $250 one way.  Credit cards are accepted.

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

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