Special Issue "Functional Thin Films: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Bartosz Handke
Guest Editor
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
Interests: thin films; surface nanostructures; self-organization; crystallography; silsesquioxane

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For centuries in material science, we have been striving to achieve full control over material design, to obtain products with specific chemical and physical properties. Nanotechnology in the modern world has become a "Philosopher’s Stone", which, out of common materials like silica, creates structures with incredible functionality in areas such as electronics, optics, and energy science. Surface functionalization by thin film deposition, among numerous other innovations, has created numerous applicational possibilities in fields such as corrosion protection, sensors, anti-reflection coatings, and catalysis to name a few. The Special Issue is dedicated to advances in thin-film technology, focusing on novelties in synthesis and structure properties and possible application areas.

I am pleased to invite you to submit manuscripts in the form of full research papers, short communications, or reviews. The “Functional Thin Films: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications” issue will present recent advances in organic, inorganic, or hybrid thin films. This section does not limit any thin film deposition techniques. All thin film studies, including those based on spin-coating, dip-coating, atomic layer deposition, chemical of physical vapor deposition, and other deposition techniques are welcome. The physical or chemical functionality of thin films remains the only key.

All manuscripts will undergo a rigorous peer review procedure and decisions will be based on the recommendations of independent reviewers.

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

  • Thin film deposition techniques;
  • Thin film structure;
  • Morphology of thin-film growth;
  • Self-assembly and self-organization in thin films;
  • Optical and electronic properties;
  • Anti-reflective coatings;
  • Corrosion protection;
  • Thin film sensors.

Dr. Bartosz Handke
Guest Editor

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.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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