Special Issue "Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Metallic Thin Films and Coatings"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Structure Analysis and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Helmut Riedl
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Guest Editor
Institute of Materials Science and Technology, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
Interests: surface engineering; PVD techniques; structure–property relationships; HR-characterization methods; atomistic modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As surface engineering is a steadily growing, interdisciplinary field, the application of thin films and coatings for enhancing specific properties of bulk materials is becoming highly popular. In particular, metallic coating materials are a hot topic as the usage ranges from fracture resistant metallic glasses in microelectronics to protective coatings against harsh environments, up to so-called smart layers in biomedical applications— to mention just a few examples. For all these versatile applications, an in-depth understanding of the microstructure and related properties is essential.

This Special Issue will focus on recent advances in the field of metallic coating materials and the relation between microstructural evolution and their mechanical properties. The Special Issue should be a platform for articles dealing with specific structure–property relationships of metallic coatings, their chemical compositions, and alloying concepts to enhance their thermomechanical properties; fracture resistance and related characterization techniques; mechanical properties such as residual stress, hardness, or indentation modulus in general; phase formation with respect to crystalline and amorphous structures; as well as high-resolution characterization (e.g., HR-TEM, ATP, or nanobeam experiments) techniques to gain insights on predominant phases. For this Special Issue, PVD-based deposition techniques are preferred though other techniques will be considered.

Dr. Helmut Riedl
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • metallic coating materials
  • mechanical properties
  • fracture resistant
  • PVD-based synthesis techniques
  • alloying concepts
  • phase formation
  • crystalline and amorphous structures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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