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Special Issue "Thin Films and Patterned Structures by Electrochemical Methods"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2018).
Prof. Dr. Jordi Sort Website E-Mail
Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism, Physics Department, Sciences Faculty, Building Cc, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra, Spain
Interests: thin films; lithographed structures; nanomagnetism; mechanical properties
We would like to invite you to submit your work to this Special Issue on "Thin Films and Patterned Structures by Electrochemical Methods". Among the diverse techniques to grow continuous or patterned metallic films (chemical vapour deposition, physical vapour deposition, sputtering, etc.), electrodeposition (ED) stands out from the rest for several reasons: simple set-up; cost-effectiveness; it works at ambient pressure; deposition can be performed onto a wide variety of substrate shapes (also parts with undercuts); ease of operation; fast deposition rates; and ability to grow relatively thick homogeneous coatings. ED allows fine-tuning of the properties of deposits by modulating factors such as the pH and temperature of the electrolytic bath, additives, the deposition mode (direct versus pulse methods), etc. Furthermore, ED is widely employed for the fabrication of multilayered coatings consisting of few nanometer-thick alternating layers, composites made of nanoparticles embedded in a metallic matrix, 1D nanostructures (nanowires, nanopillars, nanotubes) and 0D (nanoparticles). In combination with photolithography or e-beam lithography, ED has been used to fabricate relatively complex wirelessly controllable 3D micromachines and diverse MEMS/NEMS devices. Besides the use of ED to grow protective coatings, this technique has also found appealing applications in a large variety of technological areas, such as magnetism, tribology and tribo-corrosion, biomedicine or (electro)-catalysis, amongst others.
In particular, the topics of interest of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
- Synthesis and structural characterization of electrodeposited functional coatings (metals, metallic alloys, polymers and oxides);
- Electrodeposition of arrays of patterned micro- and nanostructures;
- Green electrodeposition for sustainability applications;
- Electrocatalysis based on fully-dense and porous films, micro- and nanostructures;
- Magnetic performance of electrodeposited films and multilayers;
- Corrosion and tribocorrosion resistance of electrodeposited coatings;
- Mechanical and wear properties of electrodeposited thin films.
Dr. Eva Pellicer
Prof. Dr. Jordi Sort
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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