Special Issue "Advances in Surface Coatings 2013"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. James E. Krzanowski
Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Hampshire, Kingsbury Hall, 33 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824, USA
Website: http://www.unh.edu/mechanical-engineering/me-faculty-staff/krzanowski_james
E-Mail: jamesk@cisunix.unh.edu
Phone: +1 603 862 2315
Fax: +1 603 862 1865
Interests: nitrides; carbides; sputter deposition; ion-assisted deposition; wear; friction; tool coatings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Surface coatings have found extensive applications in a wide range of industrial, scientific and biomedical products, and hence are of tremendous technological importance. Coatings and thin films are used extensively for electronic devices, sensors, optical components, wear-resistant and low-friction applications, biomedical devices, photovoltaics and batteries, as well as for decorative purposes. Improvements in coating properties are continuously sought, as well as new and modified methods for coating deposition. Deposition methods have a profound effect on coating properties, and efforts to understand the impact of deposition methods on the coating structure, and hence properties, are the subject of extensive research in the coatings field. This special issue will examine current advances over a broad range of coating and thin film technologies. Advances in both physical and chemical vapor deposition methods will be addressed, with a particular interest in ion-enhanced processes such as high-power impulse magnetron sputtering. Progress on methods for coating analysis and evaluation of properties will also be covered, including structural evaluation by x-ray diffraction methods, mechanical and adhesion testing using nano-mechanical probes, and methods for measuring optical and tribological properties. Nano-composite and multilayer coatings are of strong current interest and there is a need for an improved understanding of how nano-scale structural features in theses coatings impact their physical properties. Reports on polymer-based coatings are also sought, with a special interest in superhydrophobic coatings. Contributions are solicited both from academic researchers and their industrial counterparts in order to promote both the understanding of coating properties as well as an advancing their applications in relevant technologies.

Prof. Dr. James E. Krzanowski
Guest Editor


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  • magnetron sputtering
  • ion-beam assisted deposition
  • cathodic arc deposition
  • chemical vapor deposition
  • atomic layer deposition
  • adhesion
  • nano-indentation
  • wear
  • friction
  • anti-reflective coatings
  • superhydrophobic
  • coatings

Published Papers (6 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(9), 3963-3977; doi:10.3390/ma6093963
Received: 1 July 2013; in revised form: 21 August 2013 / Accepted: 4 September 2013 / Published: 9 September 2013
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by , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(8), 3387-3403; doi:10.3390/ma6083387
Received: 26 June 2013; in revised form: 30 July 2013 / Accepted: 1 August 2013 / Published: 8 August 2013
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by  and
Materials 2013, 6(8), 3373-3386; doi:10.3390/ma6083373
Received: 27 June 2013; in revised form: 26 July 2013 / Accepted: 2 August 2013 / Published: 7 August 2013
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by , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(8), 3128-3138; doi:10.3390/ma6083128
Received: 21 March 2013; in revised form: 29 May 2013 / Accepted: 19 July 2013 / Published: 25 July 2013
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by , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(7), 2819-2830; doi:10.3390/ma6072819
Received: 9 April 2013; in revised form: 9 June 2013 / Accepted: 9 July 2013 / Published: 12 July 2013
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by , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(6), 2143-2154; doi:10.3390/ma6062143
Received: 5 March 2013; in revised form: 17 April 2013 / Accepted: 3 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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Last update: 15 February 2013

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