Special Issue "Thin Polymer Films Properties"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Nicolas DELORME
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Guest Editor
Institut des Molecules et Materiaux du Mans, Le Mans University, France
Interests: Thin Films and Nanotechnology; Polymers; Thin Film Deposition; Spectrometry; Materials Science; Polymerization; Thin Film
Prof. Guillaume Vignaud
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Guest Editor
IRDL, Lorient (France)
Interests: Thin Film Coatings; Polymer Thin Films;Thin Film Deposition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thin polymer films have technological applications in various industrial sectors related to protective and functional coatings, non-fouling surfaces, biocompatibility of medical implants, sensors and devices, and adhesion and friction modification. With the development of molecular electronics, flexible display devices or even self-cleaning surfaces, the demand for functional and robust thin polymer or composite films is going to increase.
Polymers in thin films and nanocomposite structures can exhibit unusual physical properties due to the geometric constraints imposed by the presence of surfaces and interfaces. As a consequence, the composition, fabrication method, and external environment play a major role in the functionality and stability of these systems.
This Special Issue of Coatings “Thin Polymer Films” is devoted to research and review articles on the stability and characterization of the physical properties of polymer or composite thin films.
In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Effect of confinement on the physical properties (glass transition temperature, density, mechanical properties, barrier properties);
  • Effect of the interface on thin film stability;
  • Aging of thin polymer film.

Prof. Nicolas DELORME
Prof. Guillaume Vignaud
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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The Effect of Plasma Electron Temperature on the Surface Properties of Super-Hydrophobic Cotton Fabrics
Coatings 2020, 10(2), 160; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings10020160 - 10 Feb 2020
Abstract
The existing coating systems used for the preparation of super-hydrophobic surfaces are facing new challenges because the use of organic solvents and long-carbon-chain organic fluorine monomers is banned. In this article, the authors have proven that by using inductively coupled plasma-enhanced chemical vapor [...] Read more.
The existing coating systems used for the preparation of super-hydrophobic surfaces are facing new challenges because the use of organic solvents and long-carbon-chain organic fluorine monomers is banned. In this article, the authors have proven that by using inductively coupled plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) with argon (Ar), which is a completely dry process, lauryl methacrylate (LMA) can produce a stable super-hydrophobic coating effect. The effect of electron temperature on the super-hydrophobicity of cotton fabrics is investigated in terms of water repellency, chemical composition, and surface morphology. It is found that the improvement in the hydrophobicity of cotton fabric is attributed to the deposition of alkyl and ester groups, and the formation of a micro–nano-structure on the surface of the fabric after plasma treatment. The electron temperature plays an important role in achieving the super-hydrophobicity of cotton fabrics. The plasma-enhanced coating may offer a safe and dry super-hydrophobic technique with diverse applications. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thin Polymer Films Properties)
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