Special Issue "10th Anniversary of Coatings: Invited Papers for Thin Films Section"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Thin Films".

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Dr. Torsten Brezesinski
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Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, Bldg. 717, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Interests: Li-ion batteries; Li-S batteries; all-solid-state batteries; pseudocapacitors; thin films; materials science; mesoporous materials; self-assembled nanostructures; structure-property relationships
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Dear Colleagues,

Coatings is going to reach an important milestone by publishing its 11th volume and, in celebration of this special occasion, we have taken the initiative to launch a Special Issue called "10th Anniversary of Coatings: Invited Papers for Thin Films Section".

In 2016, Coatings was accepted for indexing by Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)—Web of Science, and we received our first impact factor (2.175) in 2017. The impact factor increased to 2.436 by 2019, and Coatings was included in Scopus and ranked 59/120 (Q2 in Scientific Journal Rankings) in “Materials Science: Surfaces, Coatings, and Films’’ in 2020. In recent years, we have also significantly reduced our manuscript turnaround time. Currently, the median publication time is 33 days.

Among all sections, the “Thin Films’’ section of Coatings is doing particularly well, with more than 170 articles and 60 Special Issues published since its inception in November 2019. On this occasion, we would like to thank our Editorial Board Members, Managing Editors, Reviewers, and Authors for their contributions and continuous support.

Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by submitting your research article to the Anniversary Edition!

We invite you to contribute a review article or an original research paper for possible publication in “10th Anniversary of Coatings: Invited Papers for Thin Films Section”.

Dr. Torsten Brezesinski
Guest Editor

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Acoustic Emission Monitoring of High-Entropy Oxyfluoride Rock-Salt Cathodes during Battery Operation
Coatings 2022, 12(3), 402; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings12030402 - 18 Mar 2022
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High-entropy materials with tailorable properties are receiving increasing interest for energy applications. Among them, (disordered) rock-salt oxyfluorides hold promise as next-generation cathodes for use in secondary batteries. Here, we study the degradation behavior of a high-entropy oxyfluoride cathode material in lithium cells in [...] Read more.
High-entropy materials with tailorable properties are receiving increasing interest for energy applications. Among them, (disordered) rock-salt oxyfluorides hold promise as next-generation cathodes for use in secondary batteries. Here, we study the degradation behavior of a high-entropy oxyfluoride cathode material in lithium cells in situ via acoustic emission (AE) monitoring. The AE signals allow acoustic events to be correlated with different processes occurring during battery operation. The initial cycle proved to be the most acoustically active due to significant chemo-mechanical degradation and gas evolution, depending on the voltage window. Irrespective of the cutoff voltage on charge, the formation and propagation of cracks in the electrode was found to be the primary source of acoustic activity. Taken together, the findings help advance our understanding of the conditions that affect the cycling performance and provide a foundation for future investigations on the topic. Full article
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Epitaxial Growth and Optical Properties of Laser Deposited CdS Thin Films
Coatings 2022, 12(1), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings12010087 - 13 Jan 2022
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In this study, cadmium Sulfide (CdS) thin films were synthesized on quartz substrates using an infrared pulsed laser deposition (IR-PLD) technique under high vacuum (~10−6 Torr) conditions. X-ray diffraction was used to evaluate the structural features. According to X-ray analysis, the deposited [...] Read more.
In this study, cadmium Sulfide (CdS) thin films were synthesized on quartz substrates using an infrared pulsed laser deposition (IR-PLD) technique under high vacuum (~10−6 Torr) conditions. X-ray diffraction was used to evaluate the structural features. According to X-ray analysis, the deposited CdS films are crystalline and have a favored orientation on a plane (110) of an orthorhombic. The peak intensity and the average crystallite size increases with increasing the film thickness. After annealing at 300 °C, the orthorhombic phase transformed into a predominant hexagonal phase and the same result was obtained by SEM photographs as well. Spectrophotometric measurements of transmittance and reflectance of the CdS films were used to derive optical constants (n, k, and absorption coefficient α). The optical band gap energy was found to be 2.44 eV. The plasma plume formation and expansion during the film deposition have also been discussed. The photocurrent response as a function of the incident photon energy E (eV) at different bias voltages for different samples of thicknesses (85, 180, 220 and 340 nm) have been studied, indicating that the photocurrent increases by increasing both the film thickness and photon energy with a peak in the vicinity of the band edge. Thus, the prepared CdS films are promising for application in optoelectronic field. Full article
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Chemical Vapor Deposition and Thermal Oxidation of Cuprous Phosphide Nanofilm
Coatings 2022, 12(1), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings12010068 - 07 Jan 2022
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Inorganic semiconductors usually show n-type characterization; the development of p-type inorganic semiconductor material will provide more opportunities for novel devices. In this paper, we investigated the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of p-type cuprous phosphide (Cu3P) nanofilm and studied its thermal oxidation [...] Read more.
Inorganic semiconductors usually show n-type characterization; the development of p-type inorganic semiconductor material will provide more opportunities for novel devices. In this paper, we investigated the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of p-type cuprous phosphide (Cu3P) nanofilm and studied its thermal oxidation behavior. Cu3P film was characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), laser Raman spectroscopy (Raman), and fluorescence spectroscopy (PL). We found that the thickness of film ranged from 4 to 10 nm, and the film is unstable at temperatures higher than room temperature in air. We provide a way to prepare inorganic phosphide nanofilms. In addition, the possible thermal oxidation should be taken into consideration for practical application. Full article
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Iron Oxide-Coupled Graphite/Fe–Si Steel Structure for Analog Computing from Recycling Principle
Coatings 2021, 11(5), 607; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11050607 - 20 May 2021
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Analog computing from recycling principle for next circular economy scenario has been studied with an iron oxide-coupled graphite/Fe–Si steel structure which was built using recycled waste materials, such as lead pencil and 3% Si steel (Fe–Si steel) foils. Proximity phenomena, such as disordered [...] Read more.
Analog computing from recycling principle for next circular economy scenario has been studied with an iron oxide-coupled graphite/Fe–Si steel structure which was built using recycled waste materials, such as lead pencil and 3% Si steel (Fe–Si steel) foils. Proximity phenomena, such as disordered structure of iron oxide and magnetostriction-induced conduction, inside graphite lattice resulted in functional properties to advance analog architectures. Thermal oxidation was the synthesis route to produce iron oxide as coating film on Fe–Si steel foil, whose structure properties were validated by Raman spectroscopy where phase formation of hematite, α-Fe2O3, resulted as iron oxide thin-film. Three graphite layers with different compositions were also analyzed by Raman spectroscopy and used for studying electrical conduction in Fe–Si steel/α-Fe2O3/graphite structure from current–voltage plots at room temperature. Full article
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