Special Issue "Advances in Functional Inorganic Coatings"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (9 October 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Silvia Gross

Istituto per l'Energetica e le Interfasi, IENI-CNR, 35131- Padova, Italy; Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, University of Padova, Via Marzolo, 1, 35131- Padova, Italy
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Interests: organic-inorganic hybrid materials; inorganic materials; inorganic coatings; sol-gel; hybrid coatings; surface characterisation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mauro Carraro

Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università degli Studi di Padova, via Marzolo, 1, 35131 Padova, Italy
Phone: +39-049-8275256

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As witnessed by the publication, over the last 20 years, of over 7000 papers and dedicated textbooks and handbooks, the filing of hundreds of patents (source: SciFinder), and many already-established industrial applications, thematic sessions at international conferences and dedicated specialized conferences, inorganic coatings represent a mature field of research.

This robust interest has to be mainly ascribed to the possibility to tailor the properties of a material through the application of a coating, which can either protect the underlying bulk material, but can additionally endow it with further functionalities, such as, but not limited to, catalytic, anti-bacterial, optical, anti-static, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, etc.

In this framework, a relevant issue is the design of coating composition and microstructure, which can be both tailored by adjusting experimental parameters in the preparation and in the deposition steps.

The main focus of this Special Issue is the chemical design of inorganic coatings of both inorganic and organic/biologic substrates to pursue functionality.

The topics that this Special issue of Coatings will encompass are:

  • Design and optimization of advanced synthetic routes for inorganic-coatings endowed with enhanced functional properties. In particular, the Issue is meant to highlight advances in this continuously evolving fields, preferentially highlighting the possibility to combine several properties in the same coatings, therefore pursuing multifunctionality.
  • Deposition processes and methodology.
  • Characterization of functional inorganic coatings.

Dr. Silvia Gross
Prof. Dr. Mauro Carraro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 850 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Inorganic coatings
  • Grafting
  • Deposition
  • Tribology
  • Adhesion
  • Sol-gel
  • CVD

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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