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

The Advanced Workshop takes place in the premises of Anton Paar TriTec (Chemin des Vernets 6, 2035 Corcelles).
The MSC Seminar takes place in the premises of Microcity in Neuchâtel (Rue de la Pierre-à-Mazel 39, 2000 Neuchâtel).

September 18 September 19 September 20
Location Anton Paar TriTec
Chemin des Vernets 6, 2035 Corcelles
Rue de la Pierre-à-Mazel 39, 2000 Neuchâtel
Rue de la Pierre-à-Mazel 39, 2000 Neuchâtel
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.

The Speakers ... More to be announced

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


Adrián Claver

Universidad Pública de Navarra (Spain)    
Topic: Influence of thickness on nanoindentation measurements of coated substrates

Arianna Callera

Politecnico di Milano
Topic: Characterization of challenging materials, nanoindentation on human pancreatic tissue

Edoardo Goti

Politecnico di Torino
Topic: Design of a device for pin-on-disc tribometers to measure rolling friction torque in thrust ball bearings

Henry Dempwolf

DOT GmbH (Germany)    
Topic: The Potential of Scratch-Tests in the pre-clinical Development of Medical PVD Coatings

Inge Mühlbacher

Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (Austria)    
Topic: Soft matter nano-indentation – a survey about the mechanical response of challenging soft tissues

Jaroslav Cech

Czech Technical University (Czech Republic)    
Topic: Indentation Size Effect in CoCrFeMnNi High Entropy Alloy

Jean-Philippe Jehl

Université de Lorraine (France)    
Topic: Liquid environment spherical depth sensing indentation toward the mechanical characterization of living tissue

Joël Matthey

HE-Arc (Switzerland)    
Topic: Optimization of TiSiCN coatings by RF Magnetron Sputtering and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering

Luigi Mazza

Politecnico di Torino
Topic: Tribological investigation of friction coefficient in pneumatic seals with a special pin-on-disc setup

Michal Krafka

Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic)
Topic: Surface modification using a combination of the technologies of laser micromachining and thin film deposition

Miroslav Slouf

Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry CAS

Nick Bierwisch

Saxonian Institute of Surface Mechanics (Germany)    
Topic: Calo Indent and Droplet Erosion Module – New methods to evaluate stress distributions and profiles

Nicolas Deligne

Solvay (Belgium)    
Topic: Nanoindentation, a non-standard tool for non-standard industrial characterization challenges

Petra Christöfl

Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (Austria)    
Topic: How to deal with polymeric samples using Nanoindentation 

Reinhard Kaindl

JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria)    
Topic: Tribology of low-friction, wear protecting atmospheric pressure plasma spray coatings on polymers

Remi Aubert

Université de Franche-Comté (France)    

Robert Lohmüller

Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (Germany)    
Topic: How Intraocular Pressure Affects the Biomechanical Properties of the Human Cornea A Nanoindentation Approach

Youssef Idrissi

Université de Lorraine (France)    


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 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.

You will receive an invoice by email after your registration.

Deadlines and important dates

Abstract submission: June 30, 2023 -> Please contact us at events.tritec[at] to submit abstracts after the deadline.
End of registration: August 31, 2023

It is no longer possible to register for participation in the Mechanical Surface Characterization Seminar. Thank you for your interest!