Special Issue "Trend and Innovations in Surface Treatments for Aluminum Alloys"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Leandro González Rovira
Guest Editor
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cádiz
Interests: aluminum alloys; corrosion; anodizing; chemical conversion coatings; electrochemistry; metal additive manufacturing; synthesis of nanomaterials using porous aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes as templates

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Surface treatments have been traditionally applied to aluminum alloys in order to prevent corrosion phenomena, for decorative purposes, or prior to bonding or welding. Treatments such as cleaning, etching, polishing, electroplating, anodizing, chemical conversion coatings and organic coatings have been public knowledge for many decades. However, the industry of surface treatments seeks continuous improvements in terms of eco-friendlier chemical products, advanced functionalities and applications or needs for the lower cost of operation. Thus, Cr-free, plasma electrolytic oxidation, sol-gel, cold spray, laser treatments, self-healing, nanocontainers or additively manufactured alloys are among the concepts or technologies fostering the research in this multidisciplinary field.

The aim of this Special Issue of Applied Sciences is to gather original research articles which focus on recent progresses and developments in the discipline of surface treatments for aluminum alloys, both in basic science and the technologies used in the industry. All related topics are welcome, including, but not limited to, pretreatments, mechanical, chemical, electrochemical or laser treatments, paints, finishes, characterization techniques and repair processes.

Dr. Leandro González Rovira
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Aluminum alloys
  • Surface treatments
  • Anodizing
  • Conversion coatings
  • Sol-gel coatings
  • Paints
  • Cold spray
  • Polishing
  • Laser treatments
  • Electroplating

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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