Special Issue "Design and Synthesis of Hard Coatings"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (17 October 2018)
Prof. Dr. Grégory Abadias
Institut Pprime – CNRS – Université de Poitiers, Département Physique et Mécanique des Matériaux, 86962 Chasseneuil-Futuroscope France
Interests: thin film growth; magnetron sputtering; nanostructured thin films; multilayers; nitride hard coatings; stress and mechanical properties; multiscale modeling
The aim of this Special Issue on “Design and Synthesis of Hard Coatings” is to present the latest experimental and theoretical developments in the growth design and tailoring of hard coatings’ nano- and microstructures to enhance their mechanical and functional properties. Hard coatings based on nitrides, oxides, oxynitrides, borides, and carbides are now routinely synthesized by vapor depostion techniques to improve the performance of tools, machine parts, or devices in terms of mechanical strength, wear, and resistance to harsh environnement (oxidation, corrosive media, high temperature and pressure, ion irradiation). Efficient strategies, including new processing routes and new design concepts (e.g., interface engineering, multicomponent alloying), based on a chemical/structural tailoring of the coatings, must be devised to go beyond convential hard coatings. Synthesis methods will cover physical and chemical vapor deposition, including advanced or emerging techniques, such as high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS), ion-assisted deposition, glancing angle deposition, or atmospheric plasma.
This Special Issue will encompass original research papers and review articles from leading groups around the world. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Combinatorial approach in thin film deposition
- Theory-guided design of hard coatings: quantum-mechanical calculations, multi-scale modeling, etc.
- Multicomponent alloying and phase tuning
- Interface design: multilayers and superlattices, nanocomposites
- Functionally-graded hard coatings
- Real-time and in situ growth monitoring
- Coatings with improved hardness and toughness, thermal stability and oxidation resistance, radiation tolerance, etc.
Looking forward to receiving your original scientific contributions (full paper, communication or review article) to this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Grégory Abadias
Manuscript Submission Information
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