Special Issue "Natural Materials in Functional Coatings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
Interests: nanotechnology; materials science; functional coatings; natural products
Interests: natural products separation; analytical characterisation; natural product properties
The Special Issue on “Natural Materials in Functional Coatings” would like to inspire researchers all over to world to contribute with their most exciting results in the area of natural materials (extracts, essential oils, individual compounds isolated from natural sources) for the development of functional coatings.
Nature reserves continues to surprise us regarding the properties and possible applications of natural materials. With the development of modern extraction methods (and the analytical tools necessary for their characterization), we are slowly rediscovering the potential of natural products. The incorporation of natural materials will offer not only “greener” alternatives for the coatings area but could also enhance their properties.
The term “functional coatings” will cover both their intrinsic functionality (such as, for example, superhydrophobicity, antimicrobial, antifouling, antireflective radar absorbing properties, and self-stratification, conductivity) and stimuli responsive functionality (such as thermochromic, color shifting, touch sensitive, corrosion- and explosive-resistant, self-healing, shape-memory materials, etc.).
Regardless of whether we are speaking of antimicrobial coatings for biomedical applications, coatings for increasing the shelf-life of commercial products, or coatings for the conservation of cultural heritage artifacts, and so on, the selected area will offer the interested reader an overlook of the recent developments recorded in recent years.
Original research and review papers are welcomed in the following topics (though not exclusively):
- Natural materials in antimicrobial coatings;
- Natural materials used in coatings for increasing the commercial products’ shelf-life;
- Natural materials for the development of protective coatings in cultural heritage applications;
- Natural materials for other functional coatings.
The works submitted to the Special Issue should contain details on the obtaining/characterization of the natural materials, incorporation in functional coatings, as well as the demonstration of the coatings’ properties.
Dr. Radu Claudiu Fierascu
Dr. Irina Fierascu
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.
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- natural materials
- functional coatings
- organic and inorganic coatings
- antimicrobial coatings
- protective coatings
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Title: Nanostructured natural polymers for bioactive food packaging
Authors: Ludmila Motelica, Denisa Ficai, Ovidiu Cristian Oprea, Anton Ficai, Ecaterina Andronescu