Polymer Coatings, Films, and Dyes

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Functional Polymer Coatings and Films".

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Institute of Engineering Materials and Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
Interests: polymeric materials; coatings; surface functionalization; functional dyes and pigments; material characterization; nanostructured materials; nanocomposites
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Interests: biopolymers; medical textiles; modification and compounding of nanocellulose of bacterial and plant origin; microstructure; scaffolds; membranes; biomaterials for medicine; composite membranes for fuel cells
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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your work to the Special Issue "Polymer Coatings, Films, and Dyes." Numerous polymer coatings and thin films can be applied to the surface of different materials such as plastic, glass, metal, textiles, etc., modifying the surface properties of the substrate such as adhesion, wettability, biocompatibility, bioactivity, corrosion resistance, wash and wear resistance, and/or changing physical, mechanical and optical properties, and/or tailoring special functionalities such as flame-retardancy, super-hydrophobicity, oleophobicity, thermal and electro-conductivity, anti-bacterial, self-cleaning, heat-generating, UV-shielding ability, etc. In combination with functional dyes and pigments, they could serve as protective and decorative layers with enhanced durable properties. Moreover, chromic compounds change colour upon external stimuli, e.g., light, temperature, solvents, electrical current, ions, pH, magnetic field, biological sources, etc., changing absorption/reflection/transmission of light in two or three (UV, Vis, and NIR) spectral areas at the same time. Various coating techniques can be employed for the application of polymers, films, and dyes on materials´ surfaces, such as spray-coating, dip-coating, roll-to-roll coating, spin-coating, plasma-assisted coating, etc., and herein, different operational parameters can be changed/optimised, depending on material/compound compatibility, desired final properties, and end uses.

This Special Issue aims to cover the most recent experimental and theoretical developments in the field of polymer coatings, films, and dyes with focus on their preparation, characterisation, applications, and durability. Researchers in the field from both academia and industry are invited to contribute manuscripts in the form of original full-length articles, communications, and critical reviews. In particular, the topics of interest of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Polymer coatings
  • Surface modification
  • Thin films and interfaces
  • Barrier coatings
  • Biodegradable coatings
  • Multifunctionality
  • Functional dyes and pigments
  • Protective applications
  • Technical applications
  • Biomedical applications

Dr. Alenka Ojstršek
Dr. Selestina Gorgieva
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Keywords

  • Polymer coatings
  • Thin films
  • Functional dyes and pigments
  • Surface modification
  • Characterisation and applications

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Dip-Coating Approach to Fabricate Durable PDMS/STA/SiO2 Superhydrophobic Polyester Fabrics
by Xiaoli Liu, Youcai Gu, Tengfei Mi, Xiaomei Wang and Xu Zhang
Coatings 2021, 11(3), 326; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11030326 - 12 Mar 2021
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Abstract
The facile, simple, highly efficient, and fluorine-free fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces on fabrics with high durability has attracted considerable attention because of its urgent practical application. The simple dip-coating method was adopted to make a stable and durable polydimethylsiloxane/stearic acid/silica (PDMS/STA/SiO2) [...] Read more.
The facile, simple, highly efficient, and fluorine-free fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces on fabrics with high durability has attracted considerable attention because of its urgent practical application. The simple dip-coating method was adopted to make a stable and durable polydimethylsiloxane/stearic acid/silica (PDMS/STA/SiO2) superhydrophobic fabric. The fabric’s surface morphology, roughness, and composition were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, respectively. The PDMS/STA/SiO2-coated fabric: demonstrated strong superhydrophobicity (a water contact angle (WCA) of around 163°), efficiently repelled different liquids (milk, coffee, orange juice, Coca-Cola, and 1 M of HCl and NaOH) with a contact angle above 155°, had excellent self-cleaning performance, and retained superhydrophobicity with a WCA greater than 150° after 72 h of ultraviolet irradiation and 700 cycles of mechanical abrasion. The PDMS/STA/SiO2 coating had few influences on the color fastness of the fabric. Superhydrophobic coatings are expected to be practically applied in the textile industry. Full article
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