Feature Paper Collection in Plasma Coatings, Surfaces & Interfaces

A topical collection in Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This collection belongs to the section "Plasma Coatings, Surfaces & Interfaces".

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College of Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Interests: plasma; thin film; solar cell; chemical vapor deposition; coatings; sputtering; surface engineering
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Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Interests: plasma simulation; plasma surface engineering; gas discharge physics; physical vapor deposition; radio frequency discharges; magnetized plasmas
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Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to submit your work to this Feature Paper Collection on Plasma, which focuses on low-temperature plasma theory and applications. Low-temperature plasmas are widely used for manufacturing semiconductor devices, tribological coatings, displays, solar panels, and many more technical products. On one hand, fully understanding plasma behavior requires the combined effort of simulation and diagnostics. Accurate simulation of plasmas, especially at low pressures (<100 mTorr), is computationally extensive due to the requiements to resolve the fastest temporal process and the finest spatial behavior of electrons. On the other hand, industry production has continuously driven the development of more efficient plasma sources and processes. Some particular challenges include large-area coatings at high frequencies, material-induced restriction to the process temperature, and capability to tune coatings’ microstructures. This feature Paper Collection aims to introduce the latest experimental, computational, and theoretical developments in the field of low-temperature plasma, through a series of original work and review articles from leading researchers around the world.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modeling and diagnostic methods of plasma discharges;
  • Fundamental understanding of plasma behavior;
  • Plasma-enhanced coatings and structures;
  • Plasma-surface interactions;
  • Novel plasma-based thin film deposition and material synthesis technology;
  • Implementation of plasma processing for research and industrial applications.

Dr. Qi Hua Fan
Dr. Bocong Zheng
Collection Editors

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Published Papers (1 paper)


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Influence of Bilayer Thickness on Mechanical and Tribological Properties of (Ti-Al)N/MoN Nanostructured Hard Coatings Deposited by Cathodic Arc Ion Plating
by Muhammad I. Yousaf, Tushagu Abudouwufu, Bing Yang, Alexander Tolstoguzov and Dejun Fu
Coatings 2023, 13(9), 1654; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13091654 - 21 Sep 2023
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Deposition of (Ti-Al)N/MoN multilayered coatings was carried out through a cathodic ion-plating system in an argon and then nitrogen atmosphere. Bilayer thickness (Λ) of all the samples were achieved, from 22 to 104 nm, by organizing substrate holder rotational speed (SRS). To obtain [...] Read more.
Deposition of (Ti-Al)N/MoN multilayered coatings was carried out through a cathodic ion-plating system in an argon and then nitrogen atmosphere. Bilayer thickness (Λ) of all the samples were achieved, from 22 to 104 nm, by organizing substrate holder rotational speed (SRS). To obtain the optimum properties of the (Ti-Al)N/MoN coatings, the Ti and Al ratio was maintained at a level of 1:1. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy were utilized to analyze the crystal structure and morphology of the coatings. Mechanical and tribological properties were examined by nanohardness and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The preferred orientation of the (Ti-Al)N/MoN nanoscale multilayer films was TiAlN (200) and MoN (200), which had face centered cubic (fcc) and hexagonal structures, respectively. The hardness increased with the decrease in Λ (104 nm to 26 nm), and then it increased. The highest hardness of 37 GPa was revealed at Λ = 26 nm, whereas the least wear rate of 8.09 × 10−7 mm3/N.m was attained at Λ = 22 nm. Wear rate, roughness, and coefficient of friction were decreased with decreasing bilayer period. EDS results showed that Al and Ti contents were almost the same in all samples, as per design of the experiment. Full article
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