Applied Surface Science covers topics contributing to a better understanding of surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures and their applications. The journal is concerned with scientific research on the atomic and molecular level of material properties determined with specific surface analytical techniques and/or computational methods, as well as the processing of such structures.

This journal accommodates the following topics:

  • Surface science of catalysis, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis;
  • Deposition and growth;
  • 2D assembly;
  • Surface and interface modification by directed energy deposition (lasers, ion or electron beams) or other techniques such as plasmas;
  • Surface engineering and functionalization;
  • Functional surfaces and coatings;
  • Electrochemistry at surfaces and corrosion protection strategies;
  • Surface science applied to energy conversion and storage;
  • Surface nanotechnology and devices;
  • Semiconductors - surface and interface;
  • Biointerfaces.

Note to authors
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Editorial board


  • H. Rudolph
    Fac. of Military Sciences (FMS), Netherlands Defence Academy, P.O. Box 90002, 4800 PA, Breda, Netherlands


  • S. Barcikowski
    Lehrstuhl für Technische Chemie I, Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitaetsstr. 7, 45141, Essen, Germany
  • M. Dinescu
    National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (INFLPR), 409 Atomistilor, RO 77125, Magurele-Bucharest, Romania
  • Q. Fu
    Dalian Inst. of Chemical Physics, State Key Lab. of Catalysis, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 457 Zhongshan Road, 116023, Dalian, China
  • G. Grundmeier
    Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Universität Paderborn, Warburger St. 100, D-33098, Paderborn, Germany
  • W.-X. Huang
    Dept. of Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 230026, Hefei, China
  • A. Juan
    Departamento de Fisica & IFISUR (UNS-CONICET), Universidad Nacional del Sur, Av. Alem 1253, 8000, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
  • P. Kingshott
    Fac. of Engineering & Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, 543-454 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Victoria, Australia
  • T. Komeda
    Tohoku University, Inst. of Multidisciplinary Res. for Adv. Materials (IMRAM), 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai-Shi, 980-8577, Japan
  • M.R. Linford
    Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, C-310 BNSN, Provo, Utah, UT 84602, USA
  • C.F. McConville
    College of Science, Engineering & Health, RMIT University, 414-18 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 8006, Victoria, Australia
  • M.F. Montemor
    ICEMS-DEQ, Instituto Superior Técnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001, Lisboa, Portugal
  • R.L. Opila
    Dept. of Material Science and Engineering, University of Delaware, Dupont Hall 210, Newark, Delaware, DE 19716, USA
  • J. Perrière
    Inst. des Nanosciences de Paris, UMR CNRS 7588, Sorbonne Universités, 4 Place Jussieu, 75252, Paris, France
  • N. Pryds
    Dept. of Energy Conversion and Storage, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Building 779 - Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark
  • M. Rocca
    Dept. of Physics, Università degli Studi di Genova, via Dodecaneso 33, 16146, Genova, Italy
  • P. Schaaf
    Inst. of Materials Engineering and Inst. of Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 5, 98693, Ilmenau, Germany
  • Y. Shen
    School of Materials Science & Engineering, State Key Lab of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, Tsinghua University, 100084, Beijing, China
  • F. Tao
    Dept. of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, Learned Hall, 1530 W 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas, KS 66045-7609, USA
  • A.V. Teplyakov
    Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, DE 19716, USA
  • J. Terry
    Dept. of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3101 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • H.M. Urbassek
    Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • E. van Faassen
    Nephrology department, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, 2333ZA, Leiden, Netherlands
  • R.M. Wallace
    Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas, TX 75080, USA
  • Z.G. Wang
    Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 230026, Hefei, China
  • J.E. Whitten
    Dept. of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts, MA 01854, USA
  • J. Yu
    State Key Lab. of Adv. Tech. for Mater. Syn. Proc., Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122#, 430070, Wuhan, China

Managing Editors

  • M. Alves
    Lisboa, Portugal
  • L.C. Cordoba
  • L. Gamrad
    Essen, Germany
  • E. Nováková
    Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • F. Stokker-Cheregi
    Magurele-Bucharest, Romania

Advisory Editorial Board

  • K. Akimoto
    University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
  • D.E. Aspnes
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • T.J. Bandosz PhD, DSC
    City University of New York (CUNY), New York, New York, USA
  • A Bandyopadhyay
    Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
  • B.N. Dev
    Indian Association. for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata, India
  • E. Fortunato
    Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal
  • C. Fotakis
    Foundation for Research & Technology - FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • Y. Gao
    University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA
  • J. Greeley
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
  • D.D. Gu
    Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China
  • S. Hofmann
    Max Planck Institut (MPI) für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Y. Leterrier
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • J. Lian
    Jilin University, Changchun, China
  • G. Lopinski
    Conseil national de recherches Canada (CNRC), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • A. Miotello
    Università di Trento, Povo (Trento), Italy
  • R. Morent
    Universiteit Gent, Ghent, Belgium
  • A. Nakajima
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
  • J.W. Niemantsverdriet
    Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • S.J. Pearton
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • E. Pincik
    Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • F. Rosei
    INRS-EMT, Varennes, Quebec, Canada
  • P. Schmuki
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
  • A. Shard
    National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK
  • C.Q. Sun
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • X.W. Sun
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • S. Suzer
    Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • H. Swart
    University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • H.J.W. Zandvliet
    University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • W. Zheng
    Jilin University, Changchun City, China
  • L.V. Zhigilei
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
  • H. Zuilhof
    WU Argrotechnology & Food Sciences, Wageningen, Netherlands