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Special Issue "Recent Advances in Metal, Ceramic, and Metal-Ceramic Composite Films/Coatings"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: material characterization; thin films; nanotechnology; coating technology; surface analysis; thin films synthesis; nanostructured materials; surface characterization; surface engineering; mesoporous materials; anodization; nanoporous alumina (AAO) template; luminescent materials; optical properties; photophysics; plasmonics
The application of various metal, ceramic, or metal–ceramic composite coatings is currently considered as the one of the most effective methods to tailor surface properties of materials to specific requirements for conventional and advanced technological applications. The well-defined surface properties induced by various coating layers can change mechanical (e.g., hardness, fatigue limit, elongation, tensile strength), thermal (e.g., thermal conductivity, expansion), electrical, and many other functional properties of materials (corrosion resistance, hydrophobicity or super-hydrophobicity, wettability, optical properties, etc.) without the necessity of using expensive and time-consuming heat treatments or alloying techniques. Metal coatings are successfully used in photovoltaics, optical, energy conversion, and sensing devices. Ceramic coatings create a barrier on the substrate that separates the material from the corrosive environment, thus enhancing its corrosion resistance. Additionally, the coatings provide better abrasion resistance that makes them extremely robust and ensures a longer life for the coated surface. Moreover, the coatings can modify surface texture for specific needs, enhance wettability/hydrophobicity, provide better wear resistance and thermal/electrical insulation, and improve surface hardness of a given material. Application of various coatings is, therefore, an efficient and affordable method to obtain the desired surface and material properties for a broad range of applications.
In particular, the topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- The effect of thin coatings on mechanical properties of bulk materials;
- New directions in design and production of hard coatings;
- Thermal barrier coating (TBC) to prevent heat loss;
- Smart and self-healing coatings for corrosion protection;
- Super-hydrophobic and self-cleaning coatings;
- High refractive index (HRI) coatings;
- Plasmonic and antireflecting coatings;
- Single and multilayer films;
- Coating methods and technologies.
Dr. Małgorzata Norek
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.
- metal thin films
- metal-ceramic composite
- functional coatings
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Title: Ce3+/Eu2+ Doped Al2O3 Coatings Formed by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation of Aluminum: Photoluminescence Enhancement by Ce3+®Eu2+ Energy Transfer
Authors: Stevan Stojadinović and Aleksandar Ćirić
2. Title: The Growth, Morphological and Electrical Properties of Niobium-Oxide Nanoembryos via the Anodizing of the Al/Nb Metal Layers
Authors: Andrei Pligovka, Marco Salerno and Małgorzata Norek
Email: [email protected]
3. Title: Antireflective Properties of Porous Anodic Alumina Coated with ZnS Thin Films
Authors: Maksymilian Włodarski, Matti Putkonen and Małgorzata Norek*
Email: [email protected]