Special Issue "Advances in Multifunctional Coatings for Next Generation Applications"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Santanu Chaudhuri
Illinois Applied Research Institute, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2100 South Oak Street, Suite 206, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
Website: http://appliedresearch.illinois.edu/santanu-chaudhuri.html
E-Mail: santc@illinois.edu
Phone: +1 217 300 9419
Interests: multifunctional coatings design; wear-resistant coatings; chem/bio active surfaces; electrochemical reactions; catalysis; fuel-cell; hydrogen storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The special issue is dedicated to highlighting the important advances in coatings technology that promises to transform the commercial coatings of today. New ways to design coatings including novel synthesis and application, assembly of block copolymers, characterization of interfaces, and multiscale simulation methods for coatings design, all have contributed to the tremendous insight on how coatings interact with the environment. The thermodynamics of coating interfaces, morphological features, and the role of chemical constituents can now be directly measured from nano-to-microscale using novel instrumentation. There is still a gap that needs to be addressed where innovative multifunctional coatings for a range of potential applications can mature to become commercial products in next 5-10 year time-horizon. Therefore, innovative research from academia and industry needs to find a common platform where new ideas on coating synthesis, curing, characterization, and multiscale modeling can be combined to develop multifunctional coatings with greater degree of control and scalability. In particular, unique mechanical and chemical properties, scratch resistance, self-healing properties, anti-icing and super-hydrophobic coatings, and conductive coatings are at the forefront of becoming new products. The issue aimed to publish articles from leaders in multifunctional coatings research in academia and industry, and highlight the advances and potential challenges for the sustainable design of multifunction coatings.

Dr. Santanu Chaudhuri
Guest Editor


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Published Papers (4 papers)

by ,  and
Coatings 2012, 2(3), 195-209; doi:10.3390/coatings2030195
Received: 14 June 2012; in revised form: 8 August 2012 / Accepted: 13 August 2012 / Published: 31 August 2012
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by , , ,  and
Coatings 2012, 2(4), 221-234; doi:10.3390/coatings2040221
Received: 17 September 2012; in revised form: 23 October 2012 / Accepted: 1 November 2012 / Published: 12 November 2012
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by  and
Coatings 2013, 3(2), 59-81; doi:10.3390/coatings3020059
Received: 27 November 2012; in revised form: 10 February 2013 / Accepted: 3 April 2013 / Published: 11 April 2013
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Coatings 2014, 4(2), 253-281; doi:10.3390/coatings4020253
Received: 14 March 2014; in revised form: 9 April 2014 / Accepted: 15 April 2014 / Published: 23 April 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Laboratory and Field Studies of Poly(2,5-bis(N-methyl-N-hexylamino)phenylene vinylene)(BAM-PPV): A Potential Wash Primer Replacement for Military Vehicles
Chris Miller and Peter Zarras
Poly(2,5-bis(N-methyl-N-hexylamino) phenylene vinylene) (BAM-PPV) was subjected to laboratory and field studies to determine its adhesive and corrosion-inhibiting properties when applied to both steel and aluminum alloys. BAM-PPV can provide acceptable corrosion performance and adhesion which is important from the standpoint of maintenance at Army depots and rework facilities. The results from ARL field testing confirm that BAM-PPV military coating provides acceptable field performance, after proper surface roughness is achieved to enhance the BAM-PPV pretreatment coating adhesion. Also BAM-PPV can be used at the depot level where rework of coatings is most critical and the surface profiles after grit blasting provides for BAM-PPV adhesion onto various substrates. The results provide evidence that BAM-PPV can be a hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI))-based wash primer replacement coating during these rework operations.

Type of Paper: Review
Endlessly Touchable—the Next Generation of Surface and Coating Optimization
Norbert Schwarzer
Saxonian Institute of Surface Mechanics SIO, Tankow 2, 18569 Ummanz / Rügen, Germany
Usually it requires some severe effort to obtain tribological parameters like Archard's wear depth parameter kd. Complex tribological experiments have to be performed and analyzed. The paper features an approach where such parameters are extracted from effective interaction potentials in combination more physical-oriented measurements like Nanoindentation and physical scratch. Thereby the effective potentials are built up and fed from such tests. By using effective material potentials one can derive critical loading situations leading to failure (decomposition strength) for any contact situation. A subsequent connection of these decomposition or failure states with the corresponding stress or strain distributions allows the development of rather comprehensive tribological parameter models applicable in wear and fatigue simulations as demonstrated in this work. From this a new relatively general wear model has been developed on the basis of the effective indenter concept by using the extended Hertzian approach for a great variety of loading situations. The models do not only allow to analyze certain tribological experiments like the well known pin-on disk test or the more recently developed nano-fretting tests, but also to forward simulate such tests and even give hints for better component life-time predictions. The work will show how the procedure has to be applied in general and a small selection of practical examples will be presented.

Last update: 11 February 2014

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