Special Issue "DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) Film Formation and Application"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Naoto Ohtake
Guest Editor
Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology (FIRST), Institute of Innovative Research (IIR), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: functional materials; thin films technology; plasma technology; carbon films; nanocarbon materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) Film Formation and Application” will address advances in materials science, formation, characterization, standardization, and application of DLC films. DLC films have been the subject of considerable attention because of their exceptional mechanical properties, such as low friction coefficient and high wear resistance. DLC technology represents one of the most appropriate approaches to reduce energy consumption of various products. Hence, DLC films have been applied to mechanical parts, automotive parts, shavers, windows, mirrors, dies, tools, PET bottles, etc. and are expected to be applied to medical and electrical devices in future. To enhance the application of DLC films, it will be important to overcome four issues noted as follows: i) low-cost and reliable coatings, ii) multifunctional coatings, iii) understanding the structure and tribological behavior, and iv) standardization. Original papers are solicited on formation, evaluation, and application of all types of DLC films, including tetrahedral amorphous carbon films and hydrogenated amorphous carbon films. Of particular interest are recent developments in the DLC coating process, tribological property investigation, and application. Articles and reviews dealing with characterization, classification, and structural analyses are very welcome.

Prof. Naoto Ohtake
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Diamond-like carbon (DLC)
  • Physical vapor deposition
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Characterization
  • Structural analysis
  • Tribological behavior
  • Standardization
  • Gas-barrier property and its application
  • Mechanical and automotive application
  • Medical and electrical application

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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