Special Issue "Active Organic and Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Coatings and Thin Films: Challenges, Developments, Perspectives"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Prof. Assunta Marrocchi
Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, University of Perugia, via Elce di Sotto 8, 06123 Perugia, Italy
Interests: materials design and sustainable synthesis; organic photovoltaics; flexible electronics; catalytic properties; renewable resources; toxicity
Prof. Dr. Maria Laura Santarelli
Department of Chemical Materials Environmental Engineering, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Interests: characterization techniques; polymer science; conjugated polymers; photovoltaics; organic electronics; photocatalytic materials; nanomaterials
During the last decade, active (also called “smart”) coatings and thin films have been extensively explored in terms of structure material properties, processing, morphology and performance. Several types of surface-functional coatings/thin films are known to perform their functions through peculiar physical properties of their top surface, thereby achieving, e.g., good resistance to chemicals, light and temperature, excellent mechanical properties, as well as tuneable free surface energy parameters. In some cases, covering of the protected surface with such smart systems also provides active properties that may enable continuous physical/chemical protection, even after partial mechanical damage of the coverage, by self-healing effects. Further, the active properties may hint at biological effects, e.g., the release of drugs, or at photoelectric effects, as a consequence of surface doping through the use of appropriate elements. Notably, the synergic combination of organic and inorganic components in one (hybrid) material to create unique properties is considered to date among the most promising strategy towards technological innovation in the field.
This Special Issue aims at report original research and reviews focusing specifically on active organic and organic-inorganic hybrid coatings and thin films to provide the readers with a reference concerning the most updated findings in the field.
In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Design, synthesis and characterization;
• Novel deposition techniques;
• Optically active organic and organic–inorganic hybrid thin films;
• Catalytically and photocatalytically active organics and hybrids;
• Active organic/organic–inorganic hybrid coatings and thin films from renewable resources;
• Bioactive and biomimetic coatings;
• Enhanced coatings performances on different substrates.
Prof. Assunta Marrocchi
Prof. Maria Laura Santarelli
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