Special Issue "Magnetron Sputtering and Cathodic Arc-Deposited Thin Films and Its Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Frederic Sanchette Website E-Mail
Univ Technol Troyes, ICD LASMIS, CNRS, UMR 6281, Antenne Nogent, Pole Technol Sud Champagn, F-52800 Nogent, France
Interests: high entropy alloys; energy; environment; fuel cells; PEMFC; SOFC; chemical vapor deposition; physical vapor deposition; ceramic, hydrogen; corrosion; thin film materials; nanomaterials and nanotechnology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alain Billard Website E-Mail
FEMTO-ST, Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Plateforme SURFACE de Montbéliard, UTBM—90010 Belfort cedex, France
Interests: PVD and CVD technologies; functional coatings; transparent conductive coatings; barrier and hard coatings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Magnetron sputtering or cathodic arc-deposited thin films are now widely used on an industrial scale for various applications. The cathodic arc technique, which is characterized by high-ionized plasma, is used for hard coatings deposition on cutting or forming tools, whereas Magnetron sputtering technology is used for microelectronic, optic applications or for components (sensors, mems, etc.).

Many applications are addressed by these physical vapour deposition (PVD) technologies. This Special Issue is focused on links between deposition parameters, physico-chemical characteristics, and functional properties of thin films deposited by one of these methods. Papers with the “from deposition to application” approach are targeted. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cathodic arc and magnetron sputtering technologies evolution;
  • Plasma diagnostic;-Structure, microstructure, and morphology;
  • New thin films materials;
  • Hard and barriers coatings;
  • Low friction solid lubricants;
  • Anti-corrosion and anti-biofouling, oxidation resistance;
  • Films for biomedical;
  • Films for energy devices (fuel cells, photovoltaic, concentrated solar thermal power applications…);
  • Optical applications;
  • Surface functionalization.

Prof. Dr. Frederic Sanchette
Prof. Dr. Alain Billard
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Magnetron sputtering
  • Cathodic arc deposition
  • Thin films
  • Structure and microstructure
  • Functional properties
  • Applications

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Tribological Performance of PVD Film Systems Against Plastic Counterparts for Adhesion-Reducing Application in Injection Molds
Coatings 2019, 9(9), 588; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9090588 - 17 Sep 2019
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The deposition of physical vapor deposition (PVD) hard films is a promising approach to enhance the tribological properties of injection molds in plastic processing. However, the adhesion is influenced by the pairing of PVD film and processed plastic. For this reason, the friction [...] Read more.
The deposition of physical vapor deposition (PVD) hard films is a promising approach to enhance the tribological properties of injection molds in plastic processing. However, the adhesion is influenced by the pairing of PVD film and processed plastic. For this reason, the friction behavior of different PVD films against polyamide, polypropylene, and polystyrene was investigated in tribometer tests by correlating the relation between the roughness and the adhesion. It was shown that the dispersive and polar surface energy have an impact on the work of adhesion. In particular, Cr-based nitrides with a low polar component exhibit the lowest values ranging from 65.5 to 69.4 mN/m when paired with the polar polyamide. An increased roughness leads to a lower friction due to a reduction of the adhesive friction component, whereas a higher work of adhesion results in higher friction for polyamide and polypropylene. Within this context, most Cr-based nitrides exhibited coefficients of friction below 0.4. In contrast, polystyrene leads to a friction-reducing material transfer. Therefore, a customized deposition of the injection molds with an appropriated PVD film system should be carried out according to the processed plastic. Full article
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Bifunctional TiO2/AlZr Thin Films on Steel Substrate Combining Corrosion Resistance and Photocatalytic Properties
Coatings 2019, 9(9), 564; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9090564 - 03 Sep 2019
Abstract
A novel multi-functional bilayer coating combining an anti-corrosion Al–Zr (4 at.% Zr) underlayer and an anti-biofouling TiO2 top layer was deposited on high-speed steel (HSS) substrates. Al–Zr (4 at.% Zr) film, deposited by DC magnetron sputtering, which is a single phased supersaturated [...] Read more.
A novel multi-functional bilayer coating combining an anti-corrosion Al–Zr (4 at.% Zr) underlayer and an anti-biofouling TiO2 top layer was deposited on high-speed steel (HSS) substrates. Al–Zr (4 at.% Zr) film, deposited by DC magnetron sputtering, which is a single phased supersaturated solid solution of Zr in Al, is used to provide sacrificial corrosion resistance of steels and TiO2 is added as a top layer to induce photocatalytic activity and hydrophilic behavior which can generate antifouling properties in order to slow down the biofouling process. The top TiO2 films, deposited at 550 °C by AACVD (aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition), consisting of anatase TiO2 microflowers physically attached to the TiO2 thin films present a high decomposition rate of Orange G dye (780 × 10−10 mol L−1·min−1). The enhanced photocatalytic performance is associated with the rough network and the presence of TiO2 microflowers capable of supporting the enhanced loading of organic contaminants onto the film surface. Electrochemical tests in saline solution have revealed that bilayer films provide cathodic protection for the steel substrate. The Al–Zr/TiO2 bilayer presents a lower corrosion current density of 4.01 × 10−7 A/cm2 and a corrosion potential of −0.61 V vs. Ag/AgCl, offering good protection through the preferential oxidation of the bilayer and an increased pitting resistance. The proposed functionalized coating combining anticorrosion and photocatalytic properties is a promising candidate for an anti-fouling system in sea water. Full article
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Synthesis and Properties of Orthorhombic MoAlB Coatings
Coatings 2019, 9(8), 510; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9080510 - 12 Aug 2019
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MoAlB is a potential candidate for high-temperature application since a dense, adherent alumina scale is formed. While, based on X-ray diffraction investigations, the formation of phase pure orthorhombic MoAlB coatings is observed, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy carried out in a scanning transmission electron [...] Read more.
MoAlB is a potential candidate for high-temperature application since a dense, adherent alumina scale is formed. While, based on X-ray diffraction investigations, the formation of phase pure orthorhombic MoAlB coatings is observed, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy carried out in a scanning transmission electron microscope reveals the presence of Al-rich and O-rich regions within the MoAlB matrix. The oxidation kinetics of coatings and bulk is similar to the scale thickness formed on the MoAlB coating after oxidation at 1200 °C for 30 min is similar to the one extrapolated for bulk MoAlB. Furthermore, the oxidation kinetics of MoAlB coatings is significantly lower than the one reported for bulk Ti2AlC. Finally, the elastic properties measured for the as-deposited coatings are consistent ab initio predictions. Full article
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Planned Papers

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. Effect of thermal stresses formed during air annealing of amorphous lanthanum cuprate thin films deposited on silicon substrate

Prof. Jean-François Pierson

2. Synthesis and oxidation behavior of orthorhombic MoAlB coatings

Jan-Ole Achenbacha, Rajib Sahub, Bernhard Völkera,b,  Marcus Hansa,
Daniel Primetzhoferc, Danilo J. Miljanovica, Christina Scheua,b,  Jochen M. Schneidera,b

aMaterials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, 52074 Aachen, Germany;
bMax-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf, Germany;
cDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, 75120 Uppsala, Sweden

3.  texture and stress evolution in sputtered HfN films deposited at oblique angles

Prof. Gregory Abadias

4. Prof. Albano Cavaleiro

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