Special Issue "Advances in Electroless Metal Deposition"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
Interests: electroless metal deposition; electrocatalysis; kinetics of autocatalytic metal ion reduction; anodic oxidation of reducing agents
Interests: electroless metal deposition; electrocatalysis; coordination chemistry
Electroless metal plating is a well-known method for deposition of metal coatings as well as for the formation of small (nano-scale) metal particles by a controlled chemical reduction. The autocatalytic metal ion reduction systems are widely used for decorative and functional purposes, i.e., for deposition of conductive metal layers on dielectrics, semiconductors or on conductors with a complicated configuration without an external current. The selection of a suitable reducing agent and conditions of the reaction (temperature, concentration of the reacting substances, etc.) plays a very important role in creating stable solutions and obtaining coatings with the required characteristics, such as purity and surface roughness. On the other hand, the use of conventional hydrogen-containing reducing agents is connected with environmental and technological problems: (i) the plating bath cannot be recycled, i.e., the reducing agent oxidizes irreversibly; and (ii) the plating rate and solution stability are not high enough, which lead to the current search and investigations of the reducing agents of a new type, e.g., charge-transfer reducers, namely, the different oxidation state metal-ion redox couples. Additionally, it is worth noting that investigation of electroless plating systems in non-aqueous solutions is also important for the development of new technological processes.
Therefore, the aim and scope of this Special Issue will be Advances in Electroless Metal Deposition, including conventional as well as newly investigated and developed systems.
Prof. Eugenijus Norkus
Dr. Loreta Tamasauskaite-Tamasiunaite
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- electroless metal deposition
- kinetics of autocatalytic metal ion reduction
- anodic oxidation of reducing agents