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Special Issue "Nanocomposite Coatings"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Dr. Quanshun Luo Website E-Mail
Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB Sheffield, UK
Interests: hard coatings; nitrided steels; shot-peened surfaces; and wear resistant metal alloys; materials characterization by analytical transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy; scanning electron microscpy; and X-ray diffraction; mechanical testing; tribological testing; and residual stress measurement
In thin films and coatings, the term ‘nanocomposite’ emerged from the combined concepts of ‘nano-structured’ and ‘composite’ or ‘multi-phase’. Several synthesis techniques are applied to grow such coatings. Nanocomposite coatings, having their structure and thereafter the physical and chemical characteristics different from those with micro-scale structures, have been repeatedly demonstrated to possess excellent mechanical, tribological and anti-corrosion properties. In recent years, research focus is addressed in the fabrication methods, the growth kinetics and microstructure characterization, and properties related to their industrial applications.
The scope of this Special Issue is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academics and industry to share their state-of-the-art developments in the field. We would like to invite papers on the processing, characterization and testing, properties, industrial applications of coatings or thin films, which have nano-crystalline or nanocomposite structures. The contributed papers could be original research articles, letters, and reviews of latest research progress.
In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Synthesis by physical vapor deposition (PVD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), and chemical or electro-chemical methods;
- Characterization of structure, chemical compositions, surface and interface;
- Mechanical testing;
- Residual stresses;
- Thermal stability and corrosion behavior as well as related mechanisms;
- Wear and friction as well as related mechanisms;
- Characterization techniques, e.g., electron microscopy, spectroscopy, and diffraction;
- Performance of nanocomposite coatings in industrial applications, e.g., machining tool protection, corrosion protection, and in elevated temperatures;
- Nanocomposite coatings and thin films for other novel applications.
Dr. Quanshun Luo
Prof. Dr. Feng Huang
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.
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.