Special Issue "Current Research in Pulsed Laser Deposition"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Liviu Duta

National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Lasers Department, Romania
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Phone: +40 (0) 21 457 44 50, int. 2023
Interests: thin film and nanoparticles synthesis; biocompatible and bioactive materials for medical applications; pulsed laser technologies
Guest Editor
Dr. Andrei C. Popescu

National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Center for Advanced Laser Technologies (CETAL), Romania
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Phone: +40 (0) 21 457 44 50, int. 2414
Interests: biocompatible thin films; additive manufacturing of biocompatible metals; precision laser cutting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We warmly invite you to submit your recent work in the field of thin film/nanoparticles synthesis by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) to this Special Issue “Current Research in Pulsed Laser Deposition”.

In industry, thin films proved invaluable for protection of tools withstanding high frictions and elevated temperatures, but also found successful applications as sensors, solar cells, bio-active coatings for implants and in lithography. Other envisaged applications are currently researched for energy-storage devices, drug delivery or in situ microstructuring for boosting surface properties.

Using PLD, there are endless possibilities for tunning thin films composition and enhancing their properties of interest due to: (i) the easiness of a congruent transfer even for very complex target materials, (ii) versatility of the experimental set-up which allows for simultaneous ablation of multiple targets resulting in combinatorial maps or consecutive ablation of multiple targets producing multi-layered structures, and (iii) adjustment of the number of laser pulses, resulting in either a spread of nanoparticles, islands of materials or a complete covering of a surface. Moreover, a variation of PLD, known as Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation, allows for deposition of organic materials, ranging from polymers to proteins and even living cells, otherwise difficult to transfer unaltered in form of thin films by other techniques. Furthermore, the use of laser light as transfer agent ensures purity of films and pulse-to-pulse deposition allows for an unprecedented control of film thickness at the nm level.

Taking into account the wide range of PLD possible applications, this Special Issue of Coatings aims to publish state-of-the art research papers and reviews on the latest trends in laser deposition of thin films and nanoparticles. There is no restriction regarding the field of applications, as PLD is one of the most versatile techniques that can find its place in numerous research and industry fields.

In particular, the topics of interest are devoted but not limited to thin films and nanoparticles with applications for:

  • Medical implants and drugs
  • Sensors
  • Protection of cutting and drilling tools
  • Protection of aerospace modules
  • Litography
  • Decorative objects
  • Magnetic devices
  • Superconductive appliances
  • Plasmonic effects
  • Catalysts
  • Energy storage

The Special Issue will also cover thin film surface microstructuring, structure transformation (crystalization, amorphisation, doping), and also novel characterization techniques for thin films.

Dr. Liviu Duta
Dr. Andrei C. Popescu
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.

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Open AccessArticle Shellac Thin Films Obtained by Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE)
Coatings 2018, 8(8), 275; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8080275
Received: 14 June 2018 / Revised: 27 July 2018 / Accepted: 3 August 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
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Abstract
We report on the fabrication of shellac thin films on silicon substrates by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) using methanol as matrix. Very adherent, dense, and smooth films were obtained by MAPLE with optimized deposition parameters, such as laser wavelength and laser fluence.
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We report on the fabrication of shellac thin films on silicon substrates by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) using methanol as matrix. Very adherent, dense, and smooth films were obtained by MAPLE with optimized deposition parameters, such as laser wavelength and laser fluence. Films with a root mean square (RMS) roughness of 11 nm measured on 40 × 40 µm2 were obtained for a 2000-nm-thick shellac film deposited with 0.6 J/cm2 fluence at a laser wavelength of 266 nm. The MAPLE films were tested in simulated gastric fluid in order to assess their capabilities as an enteric coating. The chemical, morphological, and optical properties of shellac samples were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Full article
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