The Coatings Editorial Board and Editorial Team would like to gratefully acknowledge the time and energy given by reviewers in assessing the manuscripts submitted to the journal. With their great support, many interesting papers of high quality have been published in Coatings, and a quick peer review process is maintained.
The following three referees have been selected by the Editor-in-Chief of Coatings, Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi, to be awarded the “Coatings 2017 Outstanding Reviewers” prize for the quantity, timeliness, and quality of their reviews in 2017. Each of them will receive 500 CHF and a certificate for their outstanding review work. We are very pleased to acknowledge:
Luis Norberto López De Lacalle
Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Spain
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Università Roma Tre, Italy
Coatings established the Best Paper Award to recognize its best published articles each year. The prize started in 2015 and since 2016 it has been awarded in two categories:
Best Original Research Article and Best Review Paper.
Nominations were selected by the Editorial Office of Coatings among the Papers published in 2016, with a selection process based on the number of citations and the downloads from the website.
The selection committee is chaired by the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi, and supported by Prof. Dr. Massimo Innocenti, Prof. Dr. Filippo Berto, Prof. Dr. Miriam Rafailovich and Prof. Dr. Pedro Neto. They examined each paper and have expressed their preferences in the ranking of the “Coatings Best Paper Award” 2017.
Original Research Article Award:
Development of Antibacterial Composite Films Based on Isotactic Polypropylene and Coated ZnO Particles for Active Food Packaging
Clara Silvestre, Donatella Duraccio, Antonella Marra, Valentina Strongone and Sossio Cimmino
Coatings 2016, 6(1), 4; doi:10.3390/coatings6010004
Available online: http://www.mdpi.com/2079-6412/6/1/4
The Acoustical Durability of Thin Noise Reducing Asphalt Layers Cedric Vuye, Anneleen Bergiers and Barbara Vanhooreweder
Coatings 2016, 6(2), 21; doi:10.3390/coatings6020021
Available online: http://www.mdpi.com/2079-6412/6/2/21
Novel Thiol-Ene Hybrid Coating for Metal Protection
Mona Taghavikish, Surya Subianto, Naba Kumar Dutta and Namita Roy Choudhury
Coatings 2016, 6(2), 17; doi:10.3390/coatings6020017
Available online: http://www.mdpi.com/2079-6412/6/2/17
Review Paper Award:
State of the Art in the Development and Properties of Protein-Based Films and Coatings and Their Applicability to Cellulose Based Products: An Extensive Review
Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Florian Wild, Elodie Bugnicourt, Patrizia Cinelli, Martina Lindner, Markus Schmid, Verena Weckel, Kerstin Müller, Pablo Rodriguez, Andreas Staebler, Laura Rodríguez-Turienzo and Andrea Lazzeri
Coatings 2016, 6(1), 1; doi:10.3390/coatings6010001
Available online: http://www.mdpi.com/2079-6412/6/1/1
These four outstanding papers are valuable contributions to Coatings. On behalf of the Prize Awarding Committee and the Editorial Board, we would like to congratulate these four teams for their excellent work. In recognition of their accomplishment, Dr. Clara Silvestre, Dr. Cedric Vuye, Dr. Naba Kumar Dutta and Dr. Namita Roy Choudhury, Dr. Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Dr. Florian Wild and Dr. Elodie Bugnicourt will benefit from the publication of an additional paper free of charge in open access format in Coatings after the usual peer-review procedure.
Young Investigator Award 2017
It is a pleasure to announce the winner of the 2017 Coatings Young Investigator Award.
Among more than 70 high quality candidates, the YIA committee has selected Mikhail Kats, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (USA), for his outstanding achievements in the engineering of light–matter interaction and, particularly, in the development of optical coatings, metasurfaces, and unconventional optical materials.
The committee has also decided to recognize Dr. Ruitao Wen, Postdoctoral Associate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a special mention due to his excellent achievements in the research of novel thin film materials for the application in electrochromic devices.
Together with the Coatings editorial team, I would like to congratulate Mikhail Kats and thank the award committee for their excellent work in the hard task of selecting a winner from such a large number of excellent candidate profiles.
Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi
Travel Award 2017
It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the 2017 Coatings Travel Award. After assessing an impressive selection of high quality applications, the prize has been awarded to Dr. Benham Akhavan of the University of Sidney in recognition of outstanding research achievements at his young age and the relevance of the results he will present at the 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry, in Canada.
Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi
Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici (ICCOM-CNR), Firenze, Italy