Special Issue "Current Research in Pulsed Laser Deposition"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019
Dr. Liviu Duta
Dr. Andrei C. Popescu
We warmly invite you to submit your recent work in the field of thin film/nanoparticles synthesis by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) to this Special Issue “Current Research in Pulsed Laser Deposition”.
In industry, thin films proved invaluable for protection of tools withstanding high frictions and elevated temperatures, but also found successful applications as sensors, solar cells, bio-active coatings for implants and in lithography. Other envisaged applications are currently researched for energy-storage devices, drug delivery or in situ microstructuring for boosting surface properties.
Using PLD, there are endless possibilities for tunning thin films composition and enhancing their properties of interest due to: (i) the easiness of a congruent transfer even for very complex target materials, (ii) versatility of the experimental set-up which allows for simultaneous ablation of multiple targets resulting in combinatorial maps or consecutive ablation of multiple targets producing multi-layered structures, and (iii) adjustment of the number of laser pulses, resulting in either a spread of nanoparticles, islands of materials or a complete covering of a surface. Moreover, a variation of PLD, known as Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation, allows for deposition of organic materials, ranging from polymers to proteins and even living cells, otherwise difficult to transfer unaltered in form of thin films by other techniques. Furthermore, the use of laser light as transfer agent ensures purity of films and pulse-to-pulse deposition allows for an unprecedented control of film thickness at the nm level.
Taking into account the wide range of PLD possible applications, this Special Issue of Coatings aims to publish state-of-the art research papers and reviews on the latest trends in laser deposition of thin films and nanoparticles. There is no restriction regarding the field of applications, as PLD is one of the most versatile techniques that can find its place in numerous research and industry fields.
In particular, the topics of interest are devoted but not limited to thin films and nanoparticles with applications for:
- Medical implants and drugs
- Protection of cutting and drilling tools
- Protection of aerospace modules
- Decorative objects
- Magnetic devices
- Superconductive appliances
- Plasmonic effects
- Energy storage
The Special Issue will also cover thin film surface microstructuring, structure transformation (crystalization, amorphisation, doping), and also novel characterization techniques for thin films.
Dr. Liviu Duta
Dr. Andrei C. Popescu
Manuscript Submission Information
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