Surface Coatings

Academic year
Subject Area
Biomedical Engineering
Language of Instruction
Other Languages of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

Oral exposition class – Theoretical concepts will be explained using audiovisual support materials (mainly powerpoint). Whenever feasible some demonstrations will be performed in the class room.

Practical Lectures – Examples of industrial processes and research projects.

Doubt sessions/extra classes – Whenever required by the students doubt session or extra classes can be scheduled.

Special seminars – Whenever possible seminars can be scheduled. An renowned specialist will be invited to give a lecturer about specific topics of interest in the scope of this class. 

Learning Outcomes

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the surface coatings are with special focus on polymer-based coatings. It addresses various aspects which focus on methods of surface characterization, modification techniques and applications. Whenever possible we perform a close link between the subjects taught and some research projects taking place in this area in the DEQ. The main objectives of this course are: the acquisition of knowledge /core and specific skills in the areas of surfaces of coating, involving different methods of modification and characterization; acquisition and development of knowledge / core and specific skills in establishing logical relationships between the different surfaces modification strategies and the final properties of the materials.   

Work Placement(s)



Introduction to curricular unit: objectives; description of the discipline; teaching methodology and timeframe; methods and evaluation criteria; tasking. References; Surface free energy and contact angle. Wettability concept. Methods for the structural characterization based on spectroscopy (mass, X-ray photoelectron, magnetic resonance, infrared, and comparision between methods). Thermal analysis methods (dynamic mechanical thermal analysis). Advanced methods (scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy). Modification techniques. Physical methods (plasma treatment and and UV treatment). Chemical methods (wet treatments, grafting methods, curing and silanization). Flexible conductive surfaces. Antimicrobial surfaces. Antifouling surfaces. 

Head Lecturer(s)

Jorge Fernando Jordão Coelho

Assessment Methods

Project: 25.0%
Frequency: 75.0%


Garbassi, F., Morra, M., Occhiello, E. “Polymer Surfaces From Physics and Technology – Revised and Updated Edition”, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England, 1998.

Chan, C.-M., “Polymer Surface Modification and Characterization”, Hanser Gardner Publications, England, 1994.

Stevens, M.P. “Polymer Chemistry – An Introduction”, 3rd Ed, Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 1999.