Mechanical Surface Characterization Seminar

Mechanical Surface Characterization Seminar

September 19 and September 20, 2023
Neuchâtel, Switzerland

For Anton Paar TriTec’s 10th anniversary, we are hosting the Mechanical Surface Characterization Seminar from September 19 to September 20, 2023, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

An excellent venue to discuss new trends and applications, this seminar will bring together leading experts from the field of mechanical surface characterization who focus on nanoindentation, tribology, and scratch testing. Anton Paar TriTec experts will also be on hand, which will give you the opportunity to learn more about our instruments and the latest developments of our products.

The seminar will also be a place to hear talks on a range of issues, including:

  • Hardness and other mechanical properties assessment
  • Measurement of deformations and stresses
  • Time-dependent properties, regardless of material type
  • Tribological and wear investigation
  • Adhesion and/or scratch resistance measurements

If you would like to give a talk, download the abstract template here and submit it through the registration form.

Speaker guidelines

  • Regular talk: 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions
  • Invited speaker: 40 minutes + 5 minutes for questions


Mechanical Surface Characterization (MSC) Seminar and Workshop
September 18 to September 20, 2023

September 18 September 19 September 20
Morning Registration and opening remarks
MSC Seminar, morning session
MSC Seminar, morning session
Lunch break Lunch break
Afternoon Advanced workshops MSC Seminar, afternoon session MSC Seminar, afternoon session
Evening Light meal for workshop participants Social event and dinner Closing
Optional visit to TriTec

Advanced Workshops: Instrumented Indentation, Scratch and Tribology

September 18, 2023

On September 18, there will be two half-day, advanced workshops that take place a day before the MSC Seminar kicks off. Located at Anton Paar TriTec in Corcelles, these will be held in the afternoon and followed by a light meal for the participants.

Advanced Workshop on Instrumented Indentation

Learn how to deal with more challenging samples (e.g., small or soft samples), how this measurement method works, and how to optimize it (large matrix and dynamic indentation measurements).

Advanced Workshop on Scratch and Tribology

Learn how testing parameters such as sliding speed and contact pressure influence friction coefficient and wear results. Find out how to evaluate scratch resistance and optimize test parameters for thin coating adhesion testing.

Invited Speakers

Petr Haušild

Professor at the Czech Technical University (Czech Republic)
Topic: Statistical treatment of grid indentation on multiphase materials considering the influence of the interface between phases

Marc Fivel

CNRS Research Professor, Grenoble INP (France)
Topic: Characterization by scratch and instrumented indentation of metallic glasses – behavior differences vs glasses’ shades

Martin Zawischa

Research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS (Germany)
Topic: Evaluation of damage tolerance and adhesion of super-hard coatings by means of scratch and indentation tests

Luca Lusvarghi

Professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Topic: Tribological performance and mechanical properties of new wear resistant thermally sprayed coatings


The MSC Seminar will bring together experts from the field of mechanical surface characterization who focus on nanoindentation, tribology, and scratch testing with Anton Paar TriTec instruments, and and other people interested in those technologies and applications.

Participation fees

  • Seminar: CHF 180
  • Workshop: CHF 200
  • Workshop and Seminar: CHF 300

For presenters, CHF 80 will be deducted.

Deadlines and important dates

Abstract submission: May 20, 2023
Abstract acceptance notification: June 20, 2023
End of registration: August 31, 2023

Registration Form

MSC Seminar 2023

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Expected duration of the talk: 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Please register and submit your abstract here before May 20, 2023.

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