Special Issue "Thin Films and Coatings for Energy Application"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: Interaction of plasma/ion beams with solids; development of thin films using physical vapor deposition technologies; nanomaterials for solid-state hydrogen storage and SOFC; novel materials for energy applications.
We would like to invite you to submit your work to this Special Issue on "Thin Films and Coatings for Energy Application". The energy market is changing rapidly from centralized generation towards unbundling generation, transmission, distribution, and supply activities. It requires new solutions for materials, and device levels and thin film and coatings could play essential roles in fulfilling the growing energy market demands. A variety of thin-film synthesis methods could be applied. For example, physical vapor deposition technologies allow the formation of metal, alloy, and chemical compounds with strictly controlled composition, microstructures, and stoichiometry at low temperatures. The problem of doping is easily solved by the edition of doping elements in the vapor phase using chemical vapor deposition. Additional ion bombardment during film growth (ion-assisted deposition, plasma enhanced synthesis) modifies new phases synthesis kinetics. Metastable phases with unique properties can be obtained. The aim of this Special Issue is to present the latest experimental and theoretical developments in thin films and coatings applications for both renewable and non-renewable energy sectors, through a combination of original research papers and review articles from leading groups around the world.
In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
- Fundamentals and new concepts in use, modeling, and characterization of thin films and coatings for energy applications
- New methods for the synthesis of thin films and coatings for energy applications
- Novel thin films and coatings for catalysis and photocatalysis in energy
- Thin films and coatings for energy storage devices including but not limited to batteries and supercapacitors
- Thin films and coatings for hydrogen energy technologies including but not limited to fuel cells and solid-state hydrogen storage
- Thin films and coatings for solar cells and solar thermal
- Thin films and coatings for thermoelectric
- Smart coatings and thin films for energy applications
Dr. Darius Milčius
Manuscript Submission Information
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