Special Issue "Surface Modification of Metallic Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Carla Martini
Guest Editor
Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: tribology; coatings; surface treatments; metallurgy
Dr. Ramona Sola
Guest Editor
CIRI-MAM, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: metallurgy; heat treatment; tribology; surface modifications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing demand for high performance, increased lifetime, and reliability, as well as high energy efficiency and low environmental impact of metal-based engineering components has been fueling the growth of surface modification technologies in the last few decades. While many overlay coatings and surface treatments for metallic materials are in commercial use, other emerging technologies and coating systems are still in the research and development stage, aiming to achieve tailored surface properties for applications in different fields: aerospace, automotive/motorsport, energy generation, storage and management, biomedical and orthopedic implants, and robotics and automation. Another powerful driver for the development of new surface modification technologies is the transition towards a more sustainable use of energy sources and raw materials.

Therefore, in the Special Issue on “Surface Modification of Metallic Materials”, we will bring together a collection of works highlighting recent achievements on coatings and surface treatments for metallic materials, with a special focus on friction and wear control.

The Special Issue will mostly cover the following topics:

  • Thermochemical treatments (carburizing, nitriding, nitrocarburising, etc.);
  • Laser beam surface modification;
  • Conversion coatings;
  • Overlay coatings (PVD, CVD, ALD, electrolytic and electroless plating, thermal and cold spray, etc.);
  • Characterization of surface-modified metallic materials;
  • Tribological testing methods for surface-modified metallic materials;
  • Modeling and simulation of the tribological behavior of surface-modified metals;
  • Coatings and surface treatments for additive-manufactured metallic surfaces;
  • Coatings and surface treatments for biomedical applications of metallic materials.

We kindly invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Carla Martini
Dr. Ramona Sola
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • friction
  • wear
  • coating
  • surface treatment
  • metallic materials

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