Special Issue "Advanced Ceramic Films and Coatings"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Aida Serrano
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Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC C/kelsen 5, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: thin films; surface; interface; plasmon; nanostructures; Raman spectroscopy; X-ray absorption spectroscopy; solid-state dewetting; cold sintering process; ceramics; interaction effects
Dr. Jesús López-Sánchez
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Spanish CRG BM25-SpLine at The ESRF—The European Synchrotron, 38000 Grenoble, France and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), CSIC, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: sol-gel synthesis; pulsed laser deposition; nanoparticles; thin films; magnetic materials; microwave absorption; X-ray diffraction; confocal Raman microscopy; iron oxides; carbides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to contribute your original research to this Special Issue centred on the preparation, characterization, properties, and applications of ceramic coatings and films. Nowadays, ceramic films and coatings are widely used for many purposes in a variety of fields. Their role is not only in traditional applications, but in new, advanced functions thanks to their interesting characteristics, which are different from those of bulk materials. The research field of ceramic films and coatings is very wide, covering optics, electronics, catalytic systems, energy and biomaterials, among others. In addition, the fabrication method, the crystalline character, the compositional phases, and the film thickness from nanometers to micrometers provide the ceramic systems with a multitude of specific properties to be studied and used in real applications.

This Special Issue on “Advanced Ceramic Films and Coatings” aims to share recent achievements in the field, with special attention paid to the relationship between advanced preparation, properties and applications and physical characteristics. Studies involving novel fabrication and self-assembly methodologies, including industrially scalable techniques and applications, magnetic and microwave absorbing ceramics, the use of Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation-based techniques for the study of systems, as well as the use of computer modeling and simulations to predict the properties and mechanisms of advanced fims and coatings, are very welcome.

Dr. Aída Serrano
Dr. Jesús López-Sánchez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind 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 monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Functional ceramics
  • New approaches for the preparation of films and coatings
  • Novel techniques and methods for the characterization of films and coatings
  • Multilayers and heterostructures
  • Surface functionalization
  • Industrial applications of films
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • Mechanisms and models
  • Mesoporous films and coatings
  • Magnetic ceramic films and coatings
  • Microwave absorbing films and coatings
  • Nano- and microparticles embedded in matrix films and coatings

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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