Special Issue "Optical Thin Films and Structures: Design and Advanced Applications"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tsvetanka Babeva
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Guest Editor
Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Interests: thin films optics; multilayered structures; sensors with optical read-out; porous thin films and structures; zeolite nanocomposites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to submit your original work to this Special Issue devoted to “Optical Thin Films and Structures: Design and Advanced Applications”. Diverse types of materials such as polymers, glasses, metals, ceramics, zeolites, etc., could be prepared as thin films with high optical quality, thus finding applications in photonics, optical sensing, photocatalysis, optoelectronics, linear and non-linear optics, holography, etc. Different production strategies, including ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ deposition methods, are developed and optimized. In order for these thin films and structures to be utilized in different optical devices, unambiguous methods for their design and characterization are required. Additionally, in-situ optical monitoring of their properties will be beneficial for proper device operation.

This Special Issue will cover the recent progress and new developments in the area of the design, deposition, characterization, and application of optical thin films and structures.

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

  • Design of complex thin films and structures;
  • Deposition strategies for optical thin films and multilayered structures;
  • Antireflective thin film coatings;
  • Thin films and structures for optical sensing of humidity, VOC’s, gases, heavy metal ions, etc.;
  • Optical thin films in photocatalysis;
  • Optical thin films in solar cells;
  • Optical thin films in light emitting devices;
  • Transparent and conductive thin films and structures;
  • Optical thin films and structures for security devices.

Prof. Dr. Tsvetanka Babeva
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.

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Strategies of Broadband Monitoring Aimed at Minimizing Deposition Errors
Coatings 2019, 9(12), 809; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9120809 - 01 Dec 2019
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This article presents a computational approach for comparing various broadband monitoring strategies, taking into account the positive and negative effects associated with the correlation of thickness errors caused by the monitoring procedure. The approach is based on statistical estimates of the strength of [...] Read more.
This article presents a computational approach for comparing various broadband monitoring strategies, taking into account the positive and negative effects associated with the correlation of thickness errors caused by the monitoring procedure. The approach is based on statistical estimates of the strength of the error self-compensation effect and the expected level of thickness errors. Its application is demonstrated by using a 50-layer, nonpolarizing edge filter. The presented approach is general and can be applied to verify the prospects of broadband monitoring for the production of various types of optical coatings. Full article
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Thin Films of Tolane Aggregates for Faraday Rotation: Materials and Measurement
Coatings 2019, 9(10), 669; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9100669 - 16 Oct 2019
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We present organic, diamagnetic materials based on structurally simple (hetero-)tolane derivatives. They form crystalline thin-film aggregates that are suitable for Faraday rotation (FR) spectroscopy. The resulting new materials are characterized appropriately by common spectroscopic (NMR, UV-Vis), microscopy (POM), and XRD techniques. The spectroscopic [...] Read more.
We present organic, diamagnetic materials based on structurally simple (hetero-)tolane derivatives. They form crystalline thin-film aggregates that are suitable for Faraday rotation (FR) spectroscopy. The resulting new materials are characterized appropriately by common spectroscopic (NMR, UV-Vis), microscopy (POM), and XRD techniques. The spectroscopic studies give extremely high FR activities, thus making these materials promising candidates for future practical applications. Other than a proper explanation, we insist on the complexity of designing efficient FR materials starting from single molecules. Full article
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Planned Papers

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.

Planned Paper 1

Title: Hydrophilic and amphiphilic poly(vinyl alcohol) copolymers designed for optical sensor applications – synthesis and properties
Authors: Katerina Lazarova, Darinka Christova, Sijka Ivanova, Christo Novakov and Tsvetanka Babeva

Planned Paper 2

Title: Linear and non-linear absorption of titanium dioxide films produced by plasma-ion assisted electron beam evaporation: Modelling and experiment
Authors: O. Stenzel, S. Wilbrandt, C. Mühlig

Planned Paper 3

Title: Strategies of broad band monitoring aimed at minimization of deposition errors
Authors: A. Yagola, I. Kochikov, T. Isaev, and A. Tikhonravov

Planned Paper 4

Authors: Dervil Cody, Tsvetanka Babeva, Sabad-e-Gul, Violeta Madjarova, Anastasia Kharchenko, Christopher Barrett, John Cassidy, Svetlana Mintova, Izabela Naydenova,

Title: “Real-time ellipsometry studies of the optical response of zeolite containing thin films to exposure to metal ions and elevated temperature”

Planned Paper 5

Authors: Vera Marinova, Dimitre Dimitrov, Stefan Petrov, Blagoy Blagoev, Ken Yuh Hsu and Shiuan Huei Lin,
Title: “Transparent and conductive atomic layer deposited Al-doped ZnO thin films for display applications"

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