International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering

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Editor in Chief: Prof. J. Paulo Davim
ISSN online: 1749-7868
ISSN print: 1749-785X
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2017 Impact factor (Clarivate Analytics): 0.841


IJSurfSE publishes refereed quality papers in the broad field of surface science and engineering including tribology, but with a special emphasis on the research and development in friction, wear, coatings and surface modification processes such as surface treatment, cladding, machining, polishing and grinding, across multiple scales from nanoscopic to macroscopic dimensions. High-integrity and high-performance surfaces of components have become a central research area in the professional community whose aim is to develop highly reliable ultra-precision devices.


 Topics covered include

  • Surface characterisation and metrology
  • Surface integrity
  • Contact mechanics
  • Friction and wear, including mechanisms, modelling, characterisation, measurement and testing
  • Interface temperatures of sliding surfaces
  • Lubrication and lubricants
  • Coatings and surface treatments
  • Multiscale tribology including biomedical/biological systems and manufacturing processes
  • Tribology of composite materials: metallic, polymeric and ceramic
  • Tribological applications
  • Nanoscale tribology
  • Surface modifications, including surface cladding, cutting, polishing and grinding
  • Special surfaces such as those for high-performance lenses

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The objectives of IJSURFSE are to establish a channel of communication to disseminate knowledge between academics/researchers and industry practitioners. Because of the multiscale nature of surface science and engineering, IJSURFSE will provide a forum for cross-scale investigations into the property, integrity and durability of surfaces and subsurfaces of advanced elements.


Academics; materials researchers; materials, manufacturing and mechanical engineers; physicists in surface analysis; professionals in tribology and surface engineering and related industries.

From nanoscopic (e.g. nanoscience and nanotechnology) to macroscopic.


IJSURFSE publishes original research papers; review papers; technical papers and notes; short communications; discussion on papers; cases studies; special issues on selected topic reflecting important advances in the general field of surface science and technology.



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    Editor in Chief

  • Davim, J. Paulo, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Associate Editor

  • Tsai, Hung-Yin, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Editorial Board Members

  • Baptista, A. Monteiro, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Bermúdez, M. D., Polytechnical University of Cartagena, Spain
  • Bhushan, Bharat, Ohio State University, USA
  • Celis, Jean-Pierre, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium
  • Colaço, Rogério, IST-Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • De Mello, José Daniel Biasoli, University Federal of Uberlândia, Brazil
  • Fillon, Michel, Institut Pprime, CNRS - Université de Poitiers - ENSMA, UPR 3346, France
  • Friedrich, K., University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Gao, Wei, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Gomes, José, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Grum, Janez, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Hodgson, Peter, Deakin University, Australia
  • Holmberg, Kenneth, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
  • Huang, Han, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Jiang, Zhengyi, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Kapoor, Ajay, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Kuriyagawa, Tsunemoto, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Li, Lin, University of Manchester, UK
  • Luo, Jianbin, Tsinghua University, China
  • Miranda, A. Sousa, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Neville, Anne, University of Leeds, UK
  • Ngan, Alfonso H W, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Polini, Riccardo, Università di Roma 'Tor Vergata', Italy
  • Ramalho, Amílcar, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Rocha, Luís, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Santo, Loredana, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Italy
  • Seabra, Jorge, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Sinatora, Amilton, University of S. Paulo, Brazil
  • Sousa, Luisa, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Subramanian, K., Saint-Gobain Co., USA
  • Suh, Nam Pyo, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
  • Teixeira, Vasco, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Tieu, Kiet, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Vieira, Teresa, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Zhang, Liangchi, University of New South Wales, Australia


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