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Coatings publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic and all Special Issue submissions follow MDPI's standard editorial process. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated Editorial Board Member will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. Further information on MDPI's Special Issue polices and Guest Editor responsibilities can be found here. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Recent Developments on Functional Coatings for Industrial Applications, Volume II submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 10488 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Material Surface Treatment Technology for a New Era submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8141 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Degradation of Organic Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2736 | Submission Open
Keywords: organic coatings; durability; corrosion and polymers degradation; degradation assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Functional Polymer Coatings and Films)
Laser Surface Engineering and Additive Manufacturing
edited by Chi Wai Chan
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2273 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser surface engineering; laser additive manufacturing; ultrafast laser technology; advanced coatings and materials; eco-efficiency in manufacturing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Laser Coatings)
Recent Advances in Multifunctional Hydrogel and Its Application
edited by and Shuang Pan
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 161 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Effective Coating Barriers for Protection of Reinforced Concrete
edited by and
submission deadline 22 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 17464 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Aspects in Colloid and Interface Science)
Properties and Applications of Surfaces/Components Engineered Using Thermal Spray, Welding, and Directed High Energy Beam Technologies
edited by and A.K. Lakshminarayanan
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 17 articles | Viewed by 30232 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Recent Advancement in Biological Microelectromechanical Systems (BioMEMS) and Biomimetic Coatings submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 19353 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Functionalities of Polymer-Based Nanocomposite Films and Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 17415 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanocomposites; coatings; thin films; functionality; polymer-based
(This special issue belongs to the Section Functional Polymer Coatings and Films)
Trends in Sustainable Food Packaging and Coatings submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 16969 | Submission Open
Keywords: food packaging; edible films and coatings; biodegradable polymers; surface modification; sustainability in the packaging industry; life cycle assessment; circular economy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Coatings for Food Technology and System)
Coatings for Building Applications submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 12940 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Hydrophobic and Anti-icing Coatings
edited by , Baohui Chen, and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 10858 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Mechanical Properties and Tribological Behavior of Alloy/Coatings submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 10492 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioinspired hierarchical structures; graded architecture; multilayers; tribology; friction and wear
(This special issue belongs to the Section Tribology)
Designs, Preparations and Applications of Catalyst Materials
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8232 | Submission Open
Keywords: catalysis; catalytic mechanism; computational chemistry; nanochemistry; theory modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Advanced Multielement Coatings: Deposition, Materials and Applications submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 8064 | Submission Open
Keywords: thin films; high-entropy alloys; oxidation; wear; corrosion; physical vapor deposition (PVD)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Environmentally-Friendly Coatings towards Biofouling Control and Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) Inhibition submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7401 | Submission Open
Keywords: antifouling coatings; polymer coatings; marine coatings; bioinspired coatings; hybrid/multifunctional coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Advanced Nanocomposite Coatings for Biomedical Engineering submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4785 | Submission Open
Keywords: antibacteria; nanostructured; tissue-electronic interface; nanoparticles; multifunctional
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Advances and Challenges in Pulsed Laser Deposition for Complex Material Applications submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4448 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Laser Coatings)
Optical Coatings: From Materials to Applications
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3895 | Submission Open
Keywords: coatings technologies; thin-film structures; optical constants; optoelectronics; photovoltaic devices; fiber-optic elements; antireflection coatings; transparent conducting oxides
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Recent Advances in Metallic Thin Films and Current Applications
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3549 | Submission Open
Keywords: physical techniques for thin film deposition; high-resolution/in situ characterization of nanostructured metallic thin films; novel plasmonic substrates with various applications; fine-tuning of metallic thin films: modeling and characterization; smart metallic-based surfaces
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Semiconductor Thin Films and Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2691 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Advanced Bioactive Glasses and Ceramic Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2432 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioceramic coatings; biodegradable ceramic composites; bioactive glasses; calcium phosphates; biocompatibility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ceramic Coatings and Engineering Technology)
Recent Progress of Inorganic Materials in Thin Film and Coatings for Functional Application
edited by and Xin Fan
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1750 | Submission Open
Keywords: inorganic materials; morphology control; surface modification; anticorrosion; catalysis; dispersion; superhydrophobic coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Engineering for Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage)
Functional Coatings for Cultural Heritage Conservation submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1634 | Submission Open
Keywords: coatings; non-invasive analysis; cleaning; monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Applications of Ceramic and Cermet Coatings submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1496 | Submission Open
Keywords: ceramic and cermet coatings; vapor deposition; laser surface treatment; spraying; powder metallurgy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ceramic Coatings and Engineering Technology)
Research Progress and Application of Super-hydrophobic Anti-icing Surface
edited by Qiang He and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1209 | Submission Open
Keywords: icing; anti-deicing; superhydrophobic surface; aviation safety; energy conservation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid–Fluid Coatings, Surfaces and Interfaces)
Advanced High Entropy Alloy Materials and Films: Properties and Applications submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1034 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-entropy alloys corrosion applications; automotive and engineering applications; characterization; additive manufacturing; density functional theory; CALPHAD
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Recent Progress in Thin Films and Coatings of Metallic Compounds
edited by Hui Dong, Lei Fan, Hailong Yao and Bangyan Zhang
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1024 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface technology; additive manufacturing; corrosion performance; wear resistance; mechanical behavior; theoretical modeling; metallic compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Advanced Materials and Surface Protection
edited by Jining He and Hongjian Zhao
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1009 | Submission Open
Keywords: functional coatings; hvof/cold/plasma spray coatings; simulation analysis of materials or surface coatings; physical vapor deposition; surface engineering; mechanical properties; corrosion and its resistance mechanisms of materials or surface coatings; the friction and wear of materials or surface coatings; laser cladding; high-entropy alloy; metal processing; composite materials; high-temperature performance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plasma Coatings, Surfaces & Interfaces)
Reshaping Dentistry: Coatings and Innovations in Dental Biomaterials submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 492 | Submission Open
Keywords: enamel; dentin; dental adhesive; antibacterial activity; crosslinking; restoration; endodontically treated tooth; dental biomaterials; resin cement; digital dentistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Thermoelectric Materials for Sustainable Applications submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 431 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Advanced Thin Film Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
edited by Zhi Li, Sen Xie and Jiaxu Zhang
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 180 | Submission Open
Keywords: energy harvesting; conversion; and storage; thin-film materials; low-dimensional materials; thermoelectrics; photovoltaics; lithium-ion batteries; solid-state electrolytes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Biomaterials and Antimicrobial Coatings
edited by , and Alina Mihaela Prodan
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 17 articles | Viewed by 39497 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Advanced Biomaterials, Coatings and Techniques: Applications in Medicine and Dentistry submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 16398 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials; dental materials; orthopedic materials; protective coatings; bioactive coatings; antibacterial coatings; regenerative medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Investigation on Corrosion Behaviour of Metallic Materials submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 12989 | Submission Open
Keywords: green corrosion inhibitors; corrosion resistance; wire and electric arc additive manufacturing; surface modification of metals; multifunctional anodized coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Surface Finishing and Novelty of Coatings Systems for Modified Wood and Wood-Based Composites submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7917 | Submission Open
Keywords: wood surface; wood modification; wood coatings; wood-based materials; surface properties; wood deterioration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Advances of Hard Material Processing Technologies for Surface and Interface Improvement submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5167 | Submission Open
Keywords: hard material; surface integrity; surface treatment; tool wear; cooling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Laser Coatings)
Recent Advances in Metallic and Metal Oxide Thin Films
edited by , Ma. de la Luz Olvera Amador and
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3046 | Submission Open
Keywords: thin films; metal oxides; metallic nanostructures; gas sensors; electrochromic behaviour; photocatalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Advances in Modelling and Simulation of Deposition and Plasma Etching Processes submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2999 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plasma Coatings, Surfaces & Interfaces)
New Advances in Ceramic Coatings and Its Applications
edited by Yu Bai
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 23145 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ceramic Coatings and Engineering Technology)
Heritage Conservation and Restoration: Surface Characterization, Cleaning and Treatments submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 14882 | Submission Open
Keywords: heritage sites; conservation; restoration; characterization; novel treatments; nanomaterials; green materials; self-cleaning surfaces; novel methods; durability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Polymers and Nanostructures: Coating Meets Biology
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 11146 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Interfacial Electrochemistry of Coatings Produced or Applied in Solution submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6939 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrochemistry; electroplating/electrodeposition; corrosion; catalyst; battery/fuel battery; wear/tribology; hydrophobic/hydrophilic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid–Fluid Coatings, Surfaces and Interfaces)
Plasma-Sprayed Thermal Metal Matrix Composite Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 16 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3352 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface and coatings technology; maintenance; repair; and overhaul; welding technology; plastic working; machining and burnishing; additive manufacturing; 3D printing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plasma Coatings, Surfaces & Interfaces)
Recent Advances in Surface Functionalisation submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 19253 | Submission Open
Keywords: texturing; surface modification; wetting behavior; surface finish; surface characterization; wear resistance treatment; corrosion resistance surface treatment; tribological applications; coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Surface Treatment and Mechanical Properties of Sustainable Pavement Materials
edited by , and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 15256 | Submission Open
Keywords: pavement concrete; asphalt; cement-based materials; concrete durability; steel corrosion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Edible Films and Coatings: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5519 | Submission Open
Keywords: edible film and coatings; nanocomposites; food shelf life; active coating; intelligent coating; encapsulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Coatings for Food Technology and System)
Surface Engineering Treatments and Innovative Coatings for Additive Manufacturing Materials
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5114 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; surface engineering; coatings; nanostructured materials; performance optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Recent Advances in Additive Manufacturing Techniques
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3113 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Laser Coatings)
Antibacterial, High Oxidation Coatings for Environmental Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2963 | Submission Open
Keywords: antibacterial coatings; high-oxidation coatings; environmental protection; inactivation; indoor air control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Aspects in Colloid and Interface Science)
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