Special Issue "Thin Film Fabrication and Surface Techniques"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: natural products; melanin pigments; conducting polymers; organic electronics and bioelectronics; biointerfaces; organic chemistry and materials chemistry; protective organic and inorganic coatings; antimicrobial polymer coatings; nanostructured materials; biomimetics; nanocomposites; nanoparticles
Surface modifications using thin film-based coatings is gaining more and more relevance in science and technology and is at the crossroads of physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. Since the early studies, addressing single metal layer interconnections, the activities connected with thin film fabrication, characterization, and applications have witnessed a great deal of development, involving researchers from academy and industry.
The control of the chemistry and physics at the interface between interacting systems is a major goal and challenge for the development of valuable thin film fabrication protocols. The recent development of nanomanufacturing is impacting both the characteristics and processing techniques of thin films, allowing to expand the scope of such architectures, leading to smart (self)active, multifunctional layers.
This Special Issue, collecting topics from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, is aimed to provide a resourceful background for readers, addressing the design and innovation of surface techniques and thin film fabrication protocols.
Within an organization on two main topics (chemistry and application), special focus will be devoted to post-processing functionalization with the aim to collect the most innovative approaches on the fine control of thin film chemistry.
Both basic research and applications will be covered in dedicated sections, including the tuning of chemical and physical properties of thin film; biocompatibility and bioactivity of functionalized surfaces; deposition technologies; substrate surface preparation techniques; of the development of thin film-based structures/devices; thin film transfer; and large area technologies.
We do believe this collection will stimulate and circulate new ideas on the topic and will contribute to the dissemination of expertise for young investigators, as well as leading experts in the field.
Dr. Alessandro Pezzella
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