Special Issue "Recent Aspects of Thin Films Deposited by Magnetron Sputtering and Emerging Applications"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joaquim Carneiro
Department of Physics, School of Science, University of Minho, Azurém Campus4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Website: http://www.uminho.pt
E-Mail: carneiro@fisica.uminho.pt
Phone: +351 253 510 400
Fax: +351 253 510 400
Interests: material science and nanotechnology; thin films—magnetron sputtering deposition; functionalized nanoscale and nanostructured materials and surfaces; development and characterization of photocatalytic coatings (thin films, nanoparticles) with self-cleaning, anti- fogging, air-purifying and anti- antibacterial functions; structure and surface characterization by electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue aims at the publication of theoretical and experimental studies and reviews related to the optical, electronic, magnetic, mechanical and sensing properties of thin films produced by magnetron sputtering. We invite researchers to contribute original innovative research works that will foster the continuous development of advanced concepts for the benefit, in the short and medium term, of the scientific community and industrial sectors, with potential impact on specific market niches and its end-users.

Magnetron sputtering is a method for physical vapor deposition (PVD) of thin films. Sputtering has been widely used in dissimilar sectors including semiconductor, optical/optoelectronic, photovoltaic, tooling, biomedical, automotive, aeronautic, aerospace industries. Among the available deposition methods, magnetron sputtering (MS) is of particular interest as it can be used to prepare good quality thin films and is an environmentally friendly industrial process, which can be applied to large-area substrates or even when large-scale production is required.

Papers dealing with, but not limited to, the following topical subheadings are deemed suitable for publication:

  • Production and Characterization
  • Surfaces and Interfaces Behavior
  • Metallurgical, Protective, and Hard Coatings
  • Mechanics and Nanomechanics of Thin Films
  • Electronics, Optics, and Opto-electronics
  • Magnetics and Magneto-optics
  • Photocatalytic and Self-cleaning Thin Films
  • Biological Applications of Thin Films
  • Thin Film Devices: e.g. Sensors and Actuators

Moreover, articles related to nanostructured features of these advanced thin film based materials will also be considered suitable for publication.

Prof. Dr. Joaquim Carneiro
Guest Editor


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. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as 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 refereed through a 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 quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • multifunctional materials
  • thin films
  • magnetron sputtering, vacuum technology and applications
  • advanced characterization of materials

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

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: Review
Recent Developments in R.F. Magnetron Sputtered Thin Films for pH Sensing Applications- An Overview
D. K. Maurya*, A. Sardarinejad and K. Alameh
Electron Science Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia; E-Mail: d.maurya@ecu.edu.au
pH sensors are widely used in chemical and biological applications. Metal oxides-based pH sensors have many attractive features including insolubility, stability, mechanical strength, electrocatalyst and manufacturing technology. Various metal oxide thin films prepared by R.F. magnetron sputtering have high pH sensitivity, fast response, high resolution, good stability and reversibility as well as potential for measuring pH under conditions that are not favorable for the commonly used glass electrodes-based pH sensors. In addition, thin film pH sensors prepared by R.F. magnetron sputtering offer many advantages such as ease of packaging, low cost through the use of standard microfabrication processes, miniaturisation, capability of measuring pH at high temperatures, ruggedness and disposability. In this paper, recent development of R.F. magnetron sputtered thin films for pH sensing applications are reviewed.

Last update: 8 October 2014

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