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
In order to be considered for publication, your paper must be a research study on the atomic and molecular level of material properties determined with specific surface approaches, either by experimental techniques or computational methods. If not, your submission will not be considered for publication and will not be sent out for peer-review.
Content related to research presented at scientific events?can be submitted to the journal?s companion title, Applied Surface Science Advances.

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Editorial board


  • H. Rudolph PhD
    Netherlands Defense Academy Faculty of Military Sciences, P.O. Box 90002, 4800 PA, Breda, Netherlands


  • A. Bandarenka
    Technical University of Munich, 80333, Munchen, Germany
  • S. Barcikowski
    University of Duisburg-Essen Department of Technical Chemistry I, Universitaetsstr. 7, 45141, Essen, Germany
  • M. Dinescu
    National Institute for Laser Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, 077125, Magurele, Romania
  • E. van Faassen
    Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, 2333ZA, Leiden, Netherlands
  • C.A. Figueroa
    University of Caxias do Sul, 95070-560, CAXIAS DO SUL, Brazil
  • G. Grundmeier
    Paderborn University Subject Technical Chemistry, Warburger St. 100, D-33098, Paderborn, Germany
  • B. Han
    Yonsei University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 03722, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
  • W.-X. Huang
    University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, Hefei, China
  • A. Juan
    National University of the South Institute of Physics of the South, Av. Alem 1253, 8000, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • P. Kingshott
    Swinburne University of Technology Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology, 543-454 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122, Australia
  • A. Kotarba
    Jagiellonian University in Krakow Faculty of Chemistry, Krakow, Poland
  • M.R. Linford
    Brigham Young University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, C-310 BNSN, Provo, Utah, 84602, United States
  • Z. Liu
    ShanghaiTech University Division of Condensed Matter Physics and Photon Science, Shanghai, China
  • R. Makiura
    Osaka Prefecture University College of Engineering School of Materials Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department of Materials Science, Gakuencho 1-2, Naka-ku, Sakai, 599-8570, Sakai, Japan
  • M.F. Montemor
    University of Lisbon Higher Technical Institute, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001, Lisboa, Portugal
  • R.L. Opila
    University of Delaware Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 126 Spencer Lab, Newark, Delaware, DE 19716-3140, United States
  • P.M. Ossi
    Polytechnic of Milan, 20133, Milano, Italy
  • N. Pryds
    UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy Environment and Sustainable Development, Building 779 - Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000, Roskilde, Denmark
  • M. Rocca
    University of Genoa Department of Physics, via Dodecaneso 33, 16146, Genova, Italy
  • P. Schaaf
    Ilmenau University of Technology Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 5, 98693, Ilmenau, Germany
  • Y. Shen
    Tsinghua University School of Materials Science and Engineering, 100084, Beijing, China
  • I. Shuttleworth
    Nottingham Trent University, NG11 8NS, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • J. Strunk
    Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Albert-Einstein-Str. 29a, 12849, Rostock, Germany
  • A.V. Teplyakov
    University of Delaware Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Newark, Delaware, 19716, United States
  • J. Terry
    Illinois Institute of Technology Department of Physics, 3101 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois, 60616-2852, United States
  • H.M. Urbassek
    TU Kaiserslautern State Research Center for Optics and Material Sciences, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Z.G. Wang
    University of Science and Technology of China Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, 230026, Hefei, China
  • J.E. Whitten
    University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Chemistry, One University Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01854, United States
  • Z.S. Wu
    Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, 457 Zhongshan Road, 116023, Dalian, China
  • K. Yong
    POSTECH, Department of Chemical Engineering, 77 Cheongam-Ro. Nam-Gu. Pohang, Gyeongbuk, Korea, Republic of

Managing Editors

  • M. Alves
    Lisboa, Portugal
  • C. Barroo
    Bruxelles, Belgium
  • L.C. Cordoba
  • M. Golda-Cepa
    Krakow, Poland
  • D. Marani
    København, Denmark
  • E. Nováková
    Den Haag, Netherlands
  • F. Stokker-Cheregi
    Magurele, Romania

Advisory Editorial Board

  • K. Akimoto
    University of Tsukuba School of Science and Engineering College of Physics, Tsukuba, Japan
  • D.E. Aspnes
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • T.J. Bandosz PhD, DSC
    City University of New York, New York, New York, United States
  • Amit Bandyopadhyay PhD
    Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States
  • B.N. Dev
    Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science School of Materials Sciences, Jadavpur, India
  • E. Fortunato
    New University of Lisbon Centre for Materials Research, Caparica, Portugal
  • C. Fotakis
    Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas, Irakleio, Greece
  • Y. Gao
    University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States
  • J. Greeley PhD
    Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering, Lafayette, Indiana, United States
  • D.D. Gu
    Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China
  • S. Hofmann
    Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Y. Leterrier
    Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • J. Lian
    Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • G. Lopinski
    National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • A. Miotello
    University of Trento, Trento, Italy
  • R. Morent
    Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
  • A. Nakajima
    Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering School of Engineering Department of Metallurgy and Ceramics Science, Tokyo, Japan
  • J.W. Niemantsverdriet
    Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • S.J. Pearton
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States
  • E. Pincik
    Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • F. Rosei
    National Institute for Scientific Research Energy Materials and Telecommunications Research Centre, Varennes, Quebec, Canada
  • P. Schmuki
    Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
  • A. Shard
    National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, United Kingdom
  • C.Q. Sun
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • X.W. Sun
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • S. Suzer
    Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • H. C. Swart PhD
    University of the Free State, Department of Physics, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • H.J.W. Zandvliet
    University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • W. Zheng
    Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • L.V. Zhigilei
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • H. Zuilhof
    Wageningen University Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Wageningen, Netherlands