Special Issue "Advanced Coatings for Buildings - Challenges and Opportunities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anibal C. Maury-Ramirez
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Universidad El Bosque, Decanatura Facultad de Ingeniería, Av. Cra 9 No. 131 A - 02, Bogotá, Colombia
Interests: green walls and roofs; photocatalytic materials; nanomaterials; recycling in concrete
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Prof. Dr. Inês Flores-Colen
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Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: innovative and sustainable materials; thermal mortars and superinsulating solutions; waste-based materials; performance and durability; pathology and retrofitting
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Prof. Dr. Hideyuki Kanematsu
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Suzuka College, Mie, Japan
Interests: biofilm engineering; environmental friendly surface engineering; creative engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

New trends in coatings designed for buildings are needed, including technical, economical and sustainable approaches to the development of new coating solutions.

Multiperformance protective coatings are increasing, and are used in building applications (both in new construction and in rehabilitation) to improve durability and to comply with sustainability requirements. The study of modern protective coatings is based on the interrelation between the scientific and engineering disciplines by means of the advanced techniques for material characterization.

Additionally, the webinar on “Advanced Coating for Buildings” has been held in the frame of the e-book launch on “Advanced Coating for Buildings”, which was edited by Professors Aníbal Maury-Ramírez from Colombia, Inês Flores Colen from Portugal and Hideyuki Kanematsu from Japan on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

This is the expansion of the Special Issue Advanced Coatings for Buildings, and the purpose is to provide recent research works on advanced protective coatings for buildings based on multidisciplinary knowledge in this field, and to benefit scientists, practitioners, and other professionals who are interested in the development of new and sustainable protective coatings solutions for buildings.

In particular, the topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Nanomaterials-based coatings;
  • Multifunctional coatings;
  • Bio-based protective coatings;
  • Smart protective coatings;
  • Sustainable protective coatings;
  • Low-embodied energy protective coatings;
  • Ecotoxicity on protective coatings;
  • Durable protective coatings;
  • Recycled protective coatings.

Dr. Anibal C. Maury-Ramirez
Prof. Dr. Inês Flores-Colen
Prof. Dr. Hideyuki Kanematsu
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Impact of Water-Repellent Products on the Moisture Transport Properties and Mould Susceptibility of External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems
Coatings 2021, 11(5), 554; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11050554 - 08 May 2021
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External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) are constructive solutions widely used to increase the thermal insulation in new and retrofitted buildings. However, these systems can present several anomalies due to their constant exposure to weathering agents and anthropic factors. Water is generally the [...] Read more.
External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) are constructive solutions widely used to increase the thermal insulation in new and retrofitted buildings. However, these systems can present several anomalies due to their constant exposure to weathering agents and anthropic factors. Water is generally the major cause of degradation. Thus, the application of water-repellent products can minimize the appearance of anomalies and increase the durability of the systems. In this paper, acrylic-based and siloxane-based hydrophobic products were applied to ETICS, with the aim of assessing the compatibility, effectiveness, and durability of these products. The moisture transport properties and mould susceptibility were assessed through laboratory tests on untreated and treated specimens. The durability of the hydrophobic treatments was also evaluated through artificial aging tests (heat-cold and freeze-thaw cycles). Results show that the protection products generally decreased water absorption, slightly decreased the drying rate, and presented adequate water vapor permeability. After aging, the products still had reasonable effectiveness and, with one exception, improved the water vapor diffusion of the systems. Additionally, ETICS underwent an alteration in the finishing coat (possible modification of the porosity) due to the aging cycles. No clear linear correlation was found between the contact angle values and water absorption results, evidencing the influence of other factors related to the composition of the water-repellent products. Full article
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Environmental Factors Causing the Development of Microorganisms on the Surfaces of National Cultural Monuments Made of Mineral Building Materials—Review
Coatings 2020, 10(12), 1203; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings10121203 - 10 Dec 2020
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The ability of microorganisms to degrade building materials depends on several factors. Biological corrosion occurs in close dependence with chemical and physical factors affecting microorganisms. The growth and development of microorganisms is stimulated by external stimuli, i.e., environmental factors. Microorganisms have a relatively [...] Read more.
The ability of microorganisms to degrade building materials depends on several factors. Biological corrosion occurs in close dependence with chemical and physical factors affecting microorganisms. The growth and development of microorganisms is stimulated by external stimuli, i.e., environmental factors. Microorganisms have a relatively large tolerance range for changes in environmental conditions. Under the right conditions, microorganisms thrive very well. The adverse effects may cause the inhibition of cell growth, damage, or lead to the death of the microorganism. Considering the impact of environmental factors on microorganisms, it is not possible to identify the most important of them. The result effect of overlapping factors determines the possibility of the growth of certain microorganisms. The main factors affecting the growth are temperature, humidity, hydrogen ion concentration in the environment, oxidoreductive potential, water activity in the environment, and hydrostatic pressure. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the factors causing biodeterioration. The influence of external/internal environment on the surface of cultural monuments made of mineral building materials, i.e., stone, concrete, mortar, etc., is presented. Full article
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