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Special Issue "Diamond and Diamond-like Coatings: Deposition, Characterization, and Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017).
Dr. Ivan Buijnsters Website E-Mail
Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering, Research Group of Micro and Nano Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)15-27-85396
Interests: functional surfaces and nanomaterials; micro and nano engineering; thin film technology; synthetic diamond; (bio)sensors; tribology
Diamond has been seen as a valuable material since ancient times. Diamond’s superlative physical properties make it very useful in jewelry, but also in a broad range of industrial applications. This Special Issue of Coatings incorporates many of the important aspects of the growth, characterization and application of synthetic diamond films and special attention to diamond-like (carbon) coatings is given as well.
Diamond combines a number of superior mechanical, optical, thermal, and electrical properties. This has triggered the development of diamond films in a wide range of scientific and technological applications, such as protective coatings, heat spreaders, optical windows and biological platforms, and their use in electrochemistry and microdevices. The rapid advances in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques have enabled the growth of diamond with a wide variety of film properties. New synthesis methods of nanocrystalline and ultrananocrystalline diamond coatings have been developed and tailoring the microstructure, morphology, surfaces and impurities has become a common practice.
In parallel, there has been an extensive activity on diamond-like film materials, such as hard amorphous carbons and carbon nitrides. These materials too exhibit high hardness, wear resistance and chemical inertness. In particular, the structure and tribomechanical properties of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings can be tailored effectively by doping with different light elements and metals. Recent developments are on carbon-based nanocomposites with novel multifunctionality and unique combinations of properties, which are difficult to achieve otherwise.
The present Special Issue addresses the key aspects of either deposition, characterization, and application of diamond and diamond-like carbon film materials. Both fundamental science and engineering concepts as well as theoretical and experimental studies addressing deposition-structure-properties relationships will be welcomed as the subject of submitted manuscripts. In particular, the topics of interest include but are not limited to CVD diamond, amorphous carbons (DLC, carbon nitride), advances in deposition methods and modification, wear resistant coatings, as well as cases of successful applications in the areas of optics, electronics, biomedics and electrochemistry.
In conclusion, it is my pleasure to invite all researchers from the R&D community of diamond and related hard carbon materials to submit a manuscript in the field for this special issue. Full papers, communications, and review articles are all welcome.
Dr. Ivan Buijnsters
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.
diamond-like carbon, carbon nitride and boron carbide
deposition techniques (CVD and PVD)
microstructure and morphology
mechanical and tribological properties
wear resistant coatings
optics and electronics